Community gathers for Transgender Day of Remembrance


Last night the Vanderbilt University Office of LGBTQI Life partnered with more than 30 community and university organizations for the annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. With more than 150 in attendance, it was their largest Nashville TDOR celebration yet.

Organizations in attendance included: Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Tennessee Vals, T Men, Nashville in Harmony, OutCentral, Project Uno, Music City Sisters, and HRC Nashville.

Also participating in the program were Trans 100 Nashville residents Marisa Richmond and Asher Kolieboi as well rousing performances from Nashville in Harmony, who are getting ready to rock The Ryman December 5 with their holiday show Sugar Plums. 


In memoriam of those who have fallen to anti-trans violence since 1970, a video scroll of their names ran during part of the event before Vanderbilt staff, students and volunteers read the names of those fallen in the past year and then Tennessee victims of trans violence (see video) below.


Finally, Dr. Marisa Richmond surveyed the landscape for transgender rights nationally and locally for the 150-plus crowd. Dr. Richmond's call to action brought a respectful crowd to their feet. Watch below to see what you can do to help.