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To quote the About page of The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-Transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as Transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against Transgender people.
The event is held annually on 20 November (and associated events may occur on that date or the closest weekend). Participation varies from location to location, depending on who is organising it locally. For a list of events, see TDoR Events and Locations at The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.
Courtesy Mikhaela B. Reid.
The Webcomics Project began in October 2004 as an event for the 6th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Originally just an idea for a cross over comic between Venus Envy (by Erin Lindsey) and Closetspace (by Jenn Dolari), it quickly expanded to nine comics in its first year, and to fourteen in 2005. This site is a permanent gallery of those images, hopefully raising awareness that innocents are being killed, and that there are people out there who care.
Participating contributors draw and publish a relevant webcomic or image for the day (or equivalent date, depending on schedule) with links to other contributors and/or the archive. The main thing is to educate the readership of each person's webcomic or blog about the issues listed above.
So, the project as such isn't this archive - rather it's the collection of contributors webcomics, blogs and sites at the time all with the unified theme of getting the message out there - a real time event (albeit a slower one over a week or so), because eventually each contributor will have new images, new subjects at those pages and sites, as time goes on (and until next year).
So why webcomics? Because we are artists, writers, creators, and storytellers, and this is (among other things) what we do. If you want to join in the next event, please go to the Current Project page.
In 2007, 21 comics participated, and their comics were also featured in Second Life's first Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil. In 2008 14 comics participated, and their comics were also featured in a second Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.
Further participation in Second Life is subject what events are being organised there and the availability of staff.
Part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webcomic Project Archive
This site is hosted by ComicDish.