On Nov. 20, CSU Global will honor Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Started as a vigil to commemorate the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998, TDOR serves several important purposes:

  • Raises awareness of hate crimes against transgender people.
  • Memorializes the lives lost by anti-transgender violence. 
  • Empowers allies to become upstanders by speaking out against violence and discrimination.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. 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

Within the Colorado State University System, CSU Fort Collins’ Pride Resource Center will host an evening of speakers, performances, reflection, and healing on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. MT. Join in person at the Lory Student Center Theater (101 Center Ave. Mall, Fort Collins, CO), or view the livestream or recording later here. All are welcome. 

As a reminder, CSU Global addresses students as they prefer, including their pronouns. If your preferred name does not correlate with your email address and you would like this corrected, please visit the Student Portal document center to complete the AR – Preferred Name Request Form.

If you are part of the trans community and need someone to talk to, please reach out to Trans Lifeline’s hotline: 877-565-8860. If you need help supporting a trans loved one, please call the same number and ask for the Family & Friends Line.