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Transgender Day of Remembrance 

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 held on the 20th of November around the world.

Join us, Monday, November 20 2023, 5pm - 8pm

Capitol Modern: Hawaii State Art Museum

In Hawai'i, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor not only those of our community lost to violence but all people of trans experience that we have lost locally in the past year.   Please join us as we come together for a night of remembrance, refreshments, and fellowship.  RSVP not required, but greatly appreciated.

If you know of any members of our Hawai'i transgender community that we have lost in the past year, please email

"With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."

- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

HHHRC is proud to be a founding member of the coalition to change the outdated discriminatory Section 23 added to Hawaiʻi's Constitution a generation ago. Remove the Hawaiʻi legislature’s authority to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Let's make sure Hawaiʻi remains an inclusive and welcoming place for all loving couples. 

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