Trans Day of Remembrance

November 13-19 is Transgender Awareness Week, and November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDoR). TDoR was established in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor Rita Hesler and all other trans* people who have died from anti-trans hate crimes and violence. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality states that “more than one-in-four trans people has faced a bias-driven assault, and rates are higher for trans women and trans people of color.” Those who have intersecting marginalized identities bear the brunt of violence; it is no coincidence that the overwhelming majority of trans murder victims in the US, opens a new window are Black women.

At OPL, we mourn the senseless loss of life due to anti-trans violence and celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people. You are worthy of care, dignity, and respect.

We are committed to helping all people explore, connect, and grow. You are always welcome to our branches during open hours, opens a new window; our librarians and staff can help you find access to resourcespublic computers, wifi, and much more. While many services we offer require you to be a cardholder, signing up for a card is free, opens a new window.



Books from the OPL collections, opens a new window
Transgender Day of Remembrance Reading List
Middle Grade Books Starring Trans and Gender Expansive Kids
Resources for Oakland Parents
LGBTQIA+ Books for Teens
Great LGBTQ Children's Books
Books by Trans and Gender Variant Authors

Online Resources & National Organizations

Center for Black Equity
Gender Spectrum Online Resources, opens a new window
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GSA Network
Human Rights Campaign Inter
HRC Annual Report on Epidemic of Anti-Transgender Violence
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Know Your Rights (National Center for Transgender Equality)
Lambda Legal
LGBT National Help Center
Map of Gender-Diverse Cultures
National Black Justice CoalitionOur Family Coalition Online ResourcesPractical POC Tips for Fighting the Trump Administration's Latest Assault on Trans People=
The Trevor Project
Transgender Day of Remembrance Official Page

Local Groups & Organizations (locations in Oakland unless otherwise noted)

Gender Spectrum
Lavender Seniors (East Bay)
Pacific Center for Human Growth(Berkeley)
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Our Family Coalition (SF & East Bay)
The Brown Boi Project
Transgender Law Center
Somos Familia
Trans Lifeline

American Library Association Resources

ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students
Access to Library Resources and Services Regardless of Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, or Sexual Orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)