Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

Greater Boston Area Local Trans Day of Remembrance 2021 Events

  • The events below are not hosted by Greater Boston PFLAG and each event will have its own protocols and safety measures around COVID19. Please assess your comfort level and choose events whose guidelines you are comfortable with. Follow up with the event individual event with any questions or concerns.

  • You can visit LexPride’s website for instructions on making your own labyrinth.
  • Thank you to all our community members who are organizing and hosting events. If you would like to add your event to this page, please contact us with us and we’ll add it as well. Please include the date, time, location a link to more information, and anything else you’d like to share about the event.

Virtual Events


Trans Day of Remembrance & Resilience: A Night of Learning (Keshet)

7:00pm, Thursday, November 18th
Join us on November 18th for a Night of Learning in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance & Resilience. All are welcome, no previous experience with Hebrew or text study is necessary.
Program sponsored by SVARA, Keshet, and Shel Maalah.


Belmont: Film Screening & Panel Discussion 

November 20, 2021
1:00-2:30pm film, 2:30-3:30pm panel discussion
Register for Zoom link at
In this 2015 comedy-drama, Sin-Dee Rella, a transgender sex worker, finds out that her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating on her and tries to find his other girlfriend. Unlike most films that portray sex workers as tragic victims, this film presents honest and endearing characters based on real-life experiences. Sponsored by Belmont Public Library.


Lexington Transgender Day of Remembrance

Saturday, November 20, 2021
As we do every year, LexPride will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance commemoration to honor the lives of people killed in transphobic violence this year. The event will include reflections by local transgender women and nonbinary people of color (those most impacted by transphobic violence), a reading of names, and opportunities to talk about allyship.
This event is sponsored by LexPride and cosponsored by Lexington Human Services, Lexington Human Rights Committee, Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance, Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission, and Network for Social Justice. The event is supported by a grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.


PFLAG Cape Cod Transgender Day of Remembrance

6:30-8:00 pm, Saturday, November 20th
Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20th, and our friends at Fenway Health and the Cape Cod Transgender Day of Remembrance Committee invite you to a virtual gathering to honor and remember the victims of anti-transgender violence. The event will will include guest speakers River Pehrson, Naomi Wright, and Violeta K. Haralampieva, Staff Attorney at PAIR PROJECT. Special performances by El, Charlie Clark, and O’The Fool.

 In Person Events

Arlington TDoR Installation

Week of November 14-20, 2021
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington (630 Massachusetts Avenue)
Arlington presents a public outdoor installation in memory of lives lost in 2021 due to anti-trans violence. First Parish UU has provided access to their lawn to create an installation of transgender flags to provide visibility to the continued murders of transgender individuals in our country and around the world.


Belmont Candlelit Vigils for Trans Lives

6:30pm on November 17 and 18, 2021
Belmont Town Green (adjacent to 404 Concord Ave)
Belmont is hosting a labyrinth on the town green commemorating people killed in transphobic violence. All are welcome to visit and move through the labyrinth to reflect on these beautiful lives. On November 17 and 18, join us for candlelit vigils to honor the dignity of these lives in silent reflection. Sponsored by Belmont LGBTQ+ Alliance and Belmont Human Rights

Coffee, Cake and Talk @ the North Shore

10:00 – 11:00am November 17th
(Program 10:15-10:45)
Please join author & award-winning mom Mimi Lemay & community leaders. in marking Transgender Awareness Week with coffee, cake and talk at The Jewish Community Center in Marblehead! Visit EventBrite for more info and to sign up to attend!


City of Brockton – Flag Raising

4:30pm on Friday, November 19th
City Hall
In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week, the City of Brockton has partnered with Brockton Public Schools and Health Imperatives to hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance at City Hall to honor the transgender community of Brockton.
The theme for the event is “Give us our roses while we’re still here.” , as chosen by youth participating in BrAGLY, the local group in the AGLY network.

The flyer can be accessed as an image online or visit a recent article for more about the event and the initiatives in Brockton.


Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance

Saturday, November 20 @ 2:00PM
Simmons University Academic Quad, 300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Trans Resistance is hosting this year’s Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil + Gathering this Saturday at 2pm on the Simmons University Academic Quad. The event will include performances, speeches, and a slideshow in remembrance of loved ones. We will specifically honor and acknowledge Jahaira DeAlto. A livestream of the event will be available. Follow Trans Resistance for more details! 


Remembrance Service, North Easton 

6:30PM on Saturday, Nov 20th
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Easton
Join HTLC as we affirm God’s love for all people while remembering transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and all those perceived to be transgender who have been vitcims of hate crimes. The service will include a reading of names, guest speakers sharing their stories and contemplative music. A reception will follow.


 ‘As One’ presented by the Lowell Community Orchestra

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM on Saturday, November 20
Middlesex Community College (map)
‘As One’ is a ground breaking opera, with Tona Brown and Rahzé Cheatham portraying the challenges, joys, and fears of the trans experience. All concerts are free to attend.


Norwell TDOR Vigil

Noon on Sunday, Nov. 21st
Norwell Common on Rte 123/Main St & River St.
All are invited to join us on the Norwell Town Common on Sunday, November 21st from 5-6 pm for a candlelight vigil in honor of the transgender individuals whose lives have been lost due to violence and oppression. This will be a socially distant gathering and we ask everyone to wear masks. Candles will be provided. Co-sponsored by: First Parish of Norwell, UCC Norwell and Norwell’s Church Hill United Methodist Church


MIT Events (In person & virtual)

Nov 12 – Nov 22
Rainbow Lounge, near Kendall/MIT T stop
The Rainbow Lounge at MIT will be hosting a number of events both in person and online, including a Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Discussion on Monday, November 22nd from 7pm-8pm with Ronnie Taylor (she/hers) a trans rights advocate and activist. Join her as she dives into the trans experience and a reflection of the current state of trans rights. All are welcome!