November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. According to GLAAD, it’s an annual observance that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Founded in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith in remembrance of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed the year prior, every year since November 20th has become a day to honor those lost in heinous acts of trans intolerance. If you’re curious about participating in a TDOR gathering near you, check out a list of events here, courtesy GLAAD.
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, we recommend spending your day supporting trans artists like Philadelphia’s HIRS collective (pronounced “heers”), who’ve been crafting bone-crushing, anti-authoritarian, queer thrash since 2011. Today, they’ve released the How To Stop Street Harassment EP, “ten songs about wanting to be left alone while minding our business being in public,” as described on their Bandcamp. Check it out below.