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The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize and remember those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
This day is an opportunity to draw attention to and raise public awareness of the continued violence faced by the transgender community (especially transgender women of color), to honor the victims of this violence, and to prevent its recurrence in the future.
In 2019, violence towards the transgender community is still far too frequent, with the murders of 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people.
The City of Middletown is and always will be a safe and accepting place for all its citizens, including transgender and gender non-conforming citizens. We stand together in vigil, as one City, to mourn those we have lost to anti-transgender violence across the country this year:
Dana Martin, 31, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 6.
Jazzaline Ware, 34, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in her Memphis apartment in March.
Ashanti Carmon, 27, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Prince George's County, Maryland, on March 30.
Claire Legato, 21, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Cleveland on April 15.
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Dallas on May 18.
Michelle 'Tamika' Washington, 40, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Philadelphia on May 19.
Paris Cameron, 20, a Black transgender woman, was among three people killed in a horrific anti-LGBTQ shooting in a home in Detroit on May 25, according to local reports. Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, two gay men, were found dead at the scene and Cameron was taken to the hospital, where she died from her injuries. Two other victims were also shot but survived.
Chynal Lindsey, 26, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in White Rock Lake, Dallas, with signs of “homicidal violence” on June 1, according to police.
Chanel Scurlock, 23, a Black transgender woman, was found fatally shot in Lumberton, North Carolina, on June 6.
Zoe Spears, 23, a Black transgender woman, was found with signs of trauma near Eastern Avenue in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, and later pronounced dead on June 13.
Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, a Black transgender woman, was found dead in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 25, according to local news reports.
Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, a Black transgender woman, was found fatally shot in North Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20.
Tracy Single, 22, a Black transgender woman, was killed in Houston on July 30.
Bubba Walker, 55, a Black transgender woman, was killed in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late July.
Kiki Fantroy, 21, a Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Miami on July 31.
Jordan Cofer, 22, was among the nine victims killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 4.
Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe, 24, a Black transgender woman, was killed in Allendale County, South Carolina, on August 4.
Bailey Reeves, 17, a Black transgender teen, was fatally shot in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 2.
Bee Love Slater, 23, was killed in Clewiston, Florida, on September 4.
Jamagio Jamar Berryman, 30, a Black gender non-conforming person, was killed in Kansas City, Kansas, on September 13.
Itali Marlowe, 29, a Black transgender woman was found shot in Houston on September 20.
Brianna “BB” Hill, 30, was fatally shot in Kansas City on October 14.
This year, in recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the City will fly the transgender flag at City Hall from November 20, 2019 through November 26, 2019.