In all parts of the world today--Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)--people are gathering in honor of lives lost to anti-trans violence and discrimination. This is the 15th year that the annual, international event has formally taken place.
Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was convicted under church law by a jury of Methodist pastors of officiating at his son's marriage to another man, was suspended for thirty days and told he will lose his credentials if he violates any of the church's laws during his suspension.
The Side by Side LGBT Film Festival opening in St. Petersburg was disrupted by a bomb threat. Attending this year's festival is the team behind the award winning film MILK. Director Gus Van Sant, Producer Bruce Cohen, and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Gwendolyn Smith, the founder of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, has written an essay for the Huffington Post for the 15th anniversary for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. She notes that since the murder of Rita Hester, hundreds of others of transgender people have been victims of violence and murder. In 2013 alone, over 200 transgender people were murdered...that we know of.