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World observes Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thanks to the collectivization of transgenders and observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) annually on November 20 since 1999 as a day 'to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community' has drawn the attention of the mainstream society towards transgenders and their rights.

The observance, founded by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, is going to be observed in over 200 cities across the globe including Delhi. Often, the observance is marked by reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year along with actions, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings, and marches, state the organizers.

Despite the commitment to human rights by most nations, it is matter of great concern the biased mindsets of common people continues to perpetuation of transphobic violence specially against trans-women. Of late, the observant of the event have been going for intersectional approach to TDoR observance and transgender activism.

According to scholar Sarah Lamble, the other ways to recount and confront violence against transgenders should also be explored by moving 'from sympathy to responsibility, from complicity to reflexivity, from witnessing to action. It is not enough to simply honour the memory of the dead - we must transform the practices of the living'.

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