Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, has been observed annually (from its inception) on November 20 as a day to memoralize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester and it 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. 

The County of San Mateo has observed Transgender Day of Remembrance since 2015.  By providing these annual days of action, we hope to create more awareness, education, and visibility to stop this violence enacted toward transgender individuals.


Please go to the 2023 Transgender Day of Remembrance Event Page for information about the 2023 event. To view the recorded program, please go to our YouTube Channel and the link is also on the Event Page.


Resources and Tools

Part of building equity and inclusion is taking the responsibility to learn on your own about implicit bias, privilege, and practical ways to move from being an "ally" to "advocate."

Transgender Day of Remembrance Presentations

Please download this presentation to share with your workplace, school, and community.

2024 Transgender Day of Remembrance PowerPoint Presentation

2023 Transgender Day of Remembrance PowerPoint Presentation

2022 Transgender Day of Remembrance PowerPoint Presentation


Building Blocks for Breaking the Binary

San Mateo County Resource List

Santa Clara County Resource List

How to Be an Ally 

Cisgender Privileges Checklist

Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth

SMC Pride Center Bathroom Awareness Exercise

Words that are Transphobic and Why

graphic boxes containing words that are transphobic on yellow and orange background

More information about last year's 2022 TransACTION Day of Change event.