Transgender Day of Remembrance, which occurs annually on November 20th, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia or hatred of gender non-conforming people.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith – a transwoman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist – to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20th and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

This year the Coachella Valley community will convene at Francis Stevens Park in Palm Springs on Thursday evening, November 20, at 7 pm to give recognition and respect to those that are/were victims of violence.