Transgender Day of Remembrance across the Midwest

CHICAGO — As the annual time to remember transgender members of the LGBTQ community that have been lost, communities across the region are planning events and vigils.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Saturday at 6 PM – 8 PM

Join FORGE and community partners in marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The greater Milwaukee community will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender bias or violence on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

This is a COMMUNITY event — for the community, of the community, by the community. Part of joining together as a community this year, is to hear multiple voices and diverse views.

Food and connection will round out the evening.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Trans Day of Remembrance Reframing

Sunday at 1:30 PM – 6 PM

Brave Space Alliance, 1434 W 51st St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

1:30pm: Doors Open

2pm – 3pm: Don’t Be a Drag: Confronting Racism in the Trans Community Workshop with America in Transition, Episode TBD

America in Transition is a documentary series that explores family, community, and social change for trans people of color.

3 pm: TLC’s 1st TDoR March for Liberation

TLC is seeking to radically reframe our community’s observance of TDoR. We do not see it as a day where our community wallows in sorrow, rather, we see it as yet another opportunity for Chicago’s trans and GNC community to show our power and strength. Our community has a long tradition of mourning in the streets, and we believe that TDoR should be no different. We will take the streets and march for our collective joy, liberation, and power as we remember the lives and names of those we have lost in the past calendar year to transphobic violence. A rally will conclude the march, where we will hear the words of liberation from the lips of our community’s leaders.

4:30 pm – 6 pm: Community Space at Brave Space Aliiance

Gather after the March to connect with other members of Chicago’s trans and GNC community, and be in power and love with our siblings in the struggle. While you’re here, take a look around the fabulous confines of the Let Us Breathe space, home of Brave Space Alliance! Refreshments will be served =)

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017

The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St, Rockford, Illinois 61107

Sunday at 1 PM – 4 PM

In honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, PFLAG Rockford and community members will gather, share a safe space, honor members of the transgender community who have lost their lives to hate crimes. We will also view the film Gender Revolution. All are welcome to attend.

This event is FREE.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Highland Baptist Church of Louisville, 1101 Cherokee Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Sunday at 6 PM – 8 PM

Everyone is welcome to participate in our “Celebration of Love” in remembrance of those transgender individuals that have lost their life for just being transgender.

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is each year on November 20th. This event is a part of this yearly event.

Monday, Nov. 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60613

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join us for TDOR, our annual trans community event that bring everyone together in solidarity, as we remember the Trans/GNC people who have been killed over the past year due to violence and hate crimes.

The evening includes a welcome reception, a candle lighting and bell toll ceremony, followed by a panel discussion on trans people and intersectionality.

TDOR provides us the opportunity to grieve together for those we have lost, and to gain strength from each other for the journey ahead.

RSVP is optional.

Trans Day of Remembrance

Lawrence University Pride group, 615 East College Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911

5 PM – 9 PM

The Annual Trans Day of Remembrance hosted by Lawrence University includes a talk, a candlight vigil, reading of the names of those who have been killed by transphobic violence, and an informal closing conversation.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil

Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, Michigan

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Transgender Day of Remembrance: A community vigil honoring the trans lives lost to violent transphobia in 2017.

So far in 2017, 25 trans people have been murdered. Their lives matter. Trans lives matter. Please join us to honor and remember these lives.

We will hold a candlelight vigil in Bronson Park starting at 5:15 pm. Afterwards, we’ll gather for hot cocoa and community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Candlelight Vigil

Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, 3000 W Richwoods Blvd, Peoria, Illinois 61604

Monday at 6 PM – 9 PM

Peoria Transgender Society, Peoria Proud, and the Central Illinois Interfaith Alliance, with help from the Universalist Unitarian Church will memorialize those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender fear, bigotry, and hatred. This event raises awareness, educates the community, and honors those whose lives were ended tragically by violent acts of those who knew or perceived them to be transgender. Please join us for this solemn evening of fellowship.

Trans Day of Remembrance

First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City, 121 W 9th St, Michigan City, Indiana 46360

Monday at 7 PM – 8 PM

Join us for our Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializing our trans sisters and brothers whose lives were lost in acts of anti-trans violence. TDOR is an annual observance which will honor the memory of 24 trans victims–mostly persons of color–in the U.S. with another 25 individuals worldwide so far this year. We will come together on Monday, November 20th, 7 pm, First Presbyterian Church, in the small chapel on the second floor, 121 W. 9th St., Michigan City, IN 46360. All are welcome as this is not a religious but a community gathering sponsored by PFLAG in Michigan City & LaPorte County, LaPorte County LGBTQA+ Alliance, and TREES (Transgender Resource, Education & Enrichment Services). For more information contact: (219) 561-0948 or

Indy’s Visible Trans Day of Remembrance

Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Monday at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Please join our transgender-led coalition of organizers for Indy’s public vigil observing the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

TDOR is the annual day that we gather as a community to remember the trans people lost to violence each year. All are welcome to attend this solemn event, organized and led by voices from Indy’s trans community.

Join us Monday, Nov. 20, at the Indiana Historical Society Patio on the Canal. Free parking is available at IHS.

Supporting Organizations: Indiana Youth Group (IYG), GenderNexus, and Brothers United

Trans Day of Remembrance

Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

Monday at 7 PM – 9 PM

Grand Rapids Pride Center, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, and the TDoR Committee invite you to the the 2017 Trans Day of Remembrance vigil and call to action on November 20. This is the day we mourn, remember, and honor the lives of those lost to acts of transphobic violence.

2017 has been another incredibly deadly year for our Transgender and Nonbinary community. Let’s find solace and strength with each other during these dark times. At this event, we will come together not just to honor those we’ve lost… but to build community and inspire the creation of a better, safer world.

Guest speakers include:

  • Jeynce Mizrahi ~ Victim Advocate for Equality Michigan, founding board member of the Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit, and a member of the National LGBTQ Task.
  • Kyn E. ~ Grand Rapids Pride Center group facilitator, and TGNC Committee member.
  • Maxwell T. Isaac ~ A lead organizer of Black Lives Matter: Kalamazoo, and a community organizer who centers racial equity, LGBTQIAP advocacy, stigma reduction, and anti-bias praxis in his work.

All of these events are listed on the Great Lakes Den calendar.