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2018 Transgender Day of Remembrance

Home | November 20, 2018

ABOUT Transgender Day of Remembrance

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of [those] who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their [children], parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.” From the TDOR website.

Equality Illinois is not involved in the creation of any of the events and developed a list to keep our community engaged. Please visit the facebook event pages for more information regarding these events memorializing the tragic acts of violence against transgender people who have been murdered. Equality Illinois regrets all of the deaths that have occurred in Illinois and across America. In 2018, Dejanay Stanton and Ciara Minaj Frazier were among nearly 30 transwomen murdered in the U.S. right here in Illinois. Equality Illinois has pledged to work with the Chicago Police Department, community organizations working directly with transgender serving organizations, and trans led groups to bring justice to the families of Ciara and Dejanay.

Tuesday, November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil

Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs at NEIU| 3pm

5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Northeaster Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

Candelighting ceremony and reading of the victims


Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony with Chicago Therapy Collective

Chicago Therapy Collective | 5:30pm

5247 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Chicago Therapy Collective

Featured speaker Alexis Martinez (she/her) and performances by Malia Santiago (she/her) and
Cheyenne Butler (she/her) of the Youth Empowerment Performance Project\


Phoenix Center Transgender Day of Remembrance

Phoenix Center | 6-8pm

109 E. Lawrence, Springfield, Illinois ‘



UP Center Remembers: Transgender Day of Remembrance
University YMCA-Murphy Lounge | 6-7pm

1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois

Candelight vigil


Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Services

Universal Unitarian Church of Urbana- Champaign | 7-8pm

309 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Universal Unitarian Church | 6-8pm

4848 Turner Street, Rockford, Illinois

Sponsored by: PFLAG Rockford

Candelight vigil


Trans Day of Remembrance Dinner & Vigil

Dance Force Dance Lab | 6-9pm

2747 W. 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Howard Brown Health and Broadway Youth Center

Featured Speaker: Trish Halloway and Keynote by Iesha Love. Performance by Kaycee Ortiz and Kleva B.


Peoria Transgender Day of Remembrance: Fifth Annual Observance

Universal Unitarian Church of Peoria | 7pm

3000 Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, Illinois

Sponsored by: Interfaith Alliance of Central Illinois, Universal Unitarian Church of Peoria, and Peoria Proud

Keynote speaker: Rev. Marcus Fogliano (they/them)


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Center on Halsted | 7-9pm

3656 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Center on Halsted

Featured speakers: Elise Malary (she/her) and Keynote speaker Channyn Lynne Parker (she/her)


Hydrate Won’t Erase You Benefit Show

Hydrate Nightclub | 9pm | $10

3458 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois

Benefiting: Brave Space Alliance

Performers Include: Kelly LaurenSara AndrewsMonica Dejesus AnayaJoan Jullian, Kari Traid, Sasha LoveAmailia BlackNaysha LopezDiDa Ritz, Ms.Ruff N Stuff, Sorraya Dash LopezKhloeCeeCee LaRougeDemi Lauren Sexton and many more


Trans Day of Remembrance Dinner & Vigil

Dance Force Dance Lab | 6-9pm

2747 W. 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by: Howard Brown Health and Broadway Youth Center

Featured Speaker: Trisha Halloway and Keynote by Iesha Love. Performance by Kaycee Ortiz and Kleva B.


On National Coming Out Day, Equality Illinois Calls on Governor Rauner to Ensure His Appointments Better Reflect the Full Diversity of Illinois

News | October 11, 2018

On National Coming Out Day, when we should be celebrating the full diversity of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, Equality Illinois is extremely disappointed in the unbelievable lack of LGBTQ representation among the more than 400 appointments made by Governor Rauner to state boards and commissions during Fiscal Year 2018, the civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans said on Thursday. Of the 431 appointments the governor made between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, only 1 appointee publicly identifies as a lesbian, gay, or bisexual person.

EI Responds to Columnist Who Denigrated Transgender Peoples’ Experiences

News & Media | August 23, 2018

On August 16, 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times published a column by Mona Charen, a nationally syndicated columnist, that denigrated the experiences of and belittled the challenges facing transgender people in society. Mike Ziri, Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois, submitted a letter to the editor in response to the column.

Commit to Vote 2018

Get Involved | August 22, 2018

There is so much at stake for LGBTQ Illinoisans on Nov. 6 at the general election. That’s why Equality Illinois and our partners are teaming up to demonstrate the electoral power of LGBTQ equality voters.

Through the Commit to Vote initiative, we aim to engage LGBTQ equality voters to vote on Nov. 6.

Commit to vote today. We won’t go back when we vote