Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the day in 1999 to honor the 1998 murder of transgender woman Rita Hester. At least 25 transgender people were killed in the United States in 2017, they say, which makes this the deadliest year in at least a decade.
Since 2014, November 20 has been marked as a day to remember those awesome individuals whose lives were taken too soon by anti-trans violence.
"There is still so much to be done to combat transphobia across our country and around the world", Griffin and Trans People of Color Coalition executive director Kylar W. Broadus wrote in an opening letter introducing HRC's report.
This report includes the names of every transgender and gender non-conforming person killed as a result of their gender identity.
Discrimination against transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people is a regular feature, with this discrimination sadly increasing towards transgender children.
"The epidemic of violence against transgender people is an urgent crisis that demands the nation's immediate attention", Chad Griffin, HRC's president, said in a statement.
For TDOR, GLAAD will remember the meaningful lives of those trans people that have been killed this year.
The current US National HIV/AIDS Strategy notes the need to stop violence against transgender women in order to address the prevalence of HIV among them.
Being authentically yourself takes courage, and nobody understands that better than trans people, especially trans people of color.
Bruce says education is the best approach to greater understanding.