Trans Day of Remembrance in Boston Honors Those Lost to Anti-Transgender Violence

Boston Trans Day of Remembrance
Boston Trans Remembrance Day is Sunday, November 20. That evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., a memorial service, held at the Cathedral of St. Paul, will be followed by a candlelight vigil and a potluck back at the cathedral. For details, go to Photo courtesy

In 2016 hate crimes against transgender people have risen. But sadly violence against our trans sisters and brothers is hardly news. in 1998, friends, family, loved ones, and the community came out to remember Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered and whose vigil in Allston, Massachusetts became a worldwide rally point marked each year by Trans Remembrance Day.

Trans Remembrance Day in Boston happens on Sunday, November 20, at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 138 Tremont Street, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, which is hosting the event, says:

We will gather in the cathedral for a brief service, with members of the community speaking about the importance of the day, and remembering those who have been taken from us due to transphobia and violence. If weather permits, we will take a short walk across the street to Boston Common for a candle light vigil, and reading the names of those who are no longer with us. After the vigil we will gather together back at the cathedral for a potluck meal.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializes individuals who have died throughout the world in the previous year because of anti-transgender hatred. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. 

To find out more about the event and how you can learn more about or become involved with the MTPC, visit