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Bakersfield College holds Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted at 11:30 PM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 02:30:58-05

On November 20, Bakersfield College held a Transgender Day of Remembrance observance to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (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. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.