Gwendolyn Ann Smith

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Gwendolyn Ann Smith
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BornJuly 22, 1967
OccupationActivist, Writer, and Web Manager
Known forTransgender rights movement

Gwendolyn Smith (born 22 July 1967) is a transgender woman from the San Francisco Bay Area[1] who co-founded Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize people who have been killed as a result of transphobia. Trans/Active: A Biography of Gwendolyn Ann Smith is a biography about Smith published in July 2017.[2][3]


Born July 22, 1967, Smith is a transgender activist, writer, and graphic designer.[4] From 1993 to 1998, she ran the Transgender Community Forum on AOL, which was one of the first public online forums for transgender people.[5] Since 2000, she has been a columnist for the Bay Area Reporter. Her column is called "Transmissions."[6] Her essay, "We're all Someone's Freak," is in the Norton Reader 14th edition.[7] She also manages the website Genderfork.[5][6]

Smith founded a website called Remembering Our Dead, which memorializes people (going back to 1970) who have died as a direct result of hatred and prejudice based on gender.[4][8] Today the list is hosted on the Transgender Day of Remembrance website, which now (going back to 2007) publishes information about people who have been murdered due to anti-transgender violence.[5][8] In 2012, Gwendolyn Smith wrote an article for Huffington Post titled, "Transgender Day of Remembrance: Why We Remember".[9] In addition, she is published in Kate Bornstein's book, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. [10]

Transgender Day of Remembrance[edit]

Smith began Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 1999 to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered in 1998.[5][11] It now happens every year on November 20, and is observed all over the United States, in over 200 cities, and in different countries.[12][13][14][15] The week leading up to the Day of Remembrance has become Transgender Awareness Week.[16]


  1. ^ Burns, Katelyn (20 November 2019). "Founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith on the 20th Anniversary of Transgender Day of Remembrance". Vogue. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  2. ^ Trans/Active : a Biography of Gwendolyn Ann Smith. OCLC 1048739097.
  3. ^ "About TDOR". Transgender Day of Remembrance. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  4. ^ a b Inkster, Andy (2009). Gwendolyn Ann Smith (1967–) from LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Green Wood Press. pp. 1143–1144.
  5. ^ a b c d Cecelia, Leveque, Sophia (2017-07-04). Trans / active : a biography of Gwendolyn Ann Smith. Library Partners Press (Firm) (First ed.). [Winston-Salem, North Carolina] : ‡b Library Partners Press, ‡c [2017]. pp. 41, 44, 61. ISBN 9781618460448. OCLC 1002218557.CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. ^ a b "Gwendolyn Ann Smith | The Huffington Post". Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  7. ^ Moller, Marilyn (2016). Norton Reader. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. p. 184. ISBN 978-0393264111.
  8. ^ a b "memorializing 2015". Transgender Day of Remembrance. 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  9. ^ Founder, Gwendolyn Ann Smith; editor, Transgender Day of Remembrance; managing; (2012-11-20). "Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Why We Remember". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-10.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Bornstein, Kate; Bergman, S. Bear (2010-08-31). Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Reprint ed.). Seal Press. ISBN 9781580053082.
  11. ^ Ransbottom, Nick (2013). "What does transgender mean?". The Charleston Gazette.
  12. ^ martiabernathey (2016-09-27). "TDoR Events and Locations 2016". Transgender Day of Remembrance. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  13. ^ Lamble, Sarah (2008). "Retelling Racialized Violence, Remaking White Innocence: The Politics of Interlocking Oppressions in Transgender Day of Remembrance" (PDF). Sexuality Research & Social Policy. 5: 24–42. doi:10.1525/srsp.2008.5.1.24. S2CID 7786376 – via Proquest.
  14. ^ "Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR - November 20". GLAAD. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  15. ^ Pafundi, Pafundi (2015). "Event remembers transgender people killed around world". Portland Press Herald. ProQuest 1734958765.
  16. ^ "Transgender Awareness Week". GLAAD. 2019-11-08. Retrieved 2020-11-22.

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