This one-week celebration leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20th. TDOR was inspired by Rita Hester, a black trans woman who was brutally murdered in her Boston apartment in 1998 and whose death inspired a movement. TDOR was established almost one year after Hester’s death, by trans activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith on November 20, 1999 marking this year as it’s 22nd anniversary. Her legacy has been cemented, however, the case of her murder was never solved and her name has largely been overlooked by mainstream media and literature. Rita Hester’s memory inspired a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia; and a day to draw attention to the continued violence on transgender communities.