‘The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.’
God of all peoples
God of all hopes and dreams
Today we remember those among us who are transgender:
We grieve the murders of those killed for the sake of hate,
We celebrate the lives of each and every transgender individual;
Those who are able to live into their fullest selves
And those who fear the repercussions of authenticity.
Help us and our world to transition
From grief to celebration,
From ignorance to understanding,
From shame to pride,
From complacency to activism
And from hopelessness to hope.
We lift these prayers up to you, O God,
You who are beyond binaries,
You who calls us each by name and loves us beyond measure.
Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson serves in ministry at Cairn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lafayette, Colorado USA