Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."
- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Amiyah Scott is an actress, model, author, and LGBTQ advocate, best known for her role as Cotton on Lee Daniel’s Star on Fox. With this role, Amiyah broke history as the first transgender actress to play a transgender character on a major network television series.
In just a short time, Amiyah’s trailblazing brand in beauty, modeling, and acting has garnered immense popularity among the trans community and beyond.
Amiya struggled with bullying and acceptance throughout her life, but she never let that deter her drive, ambition, or goals. VHI crowned her king, reporting that Amiyah “is the first transgender model to amass a large social media following on Instagram.” Amiyah is also known for her unique and gorgeous look. Her style is heavily sought after by fans who admire her hair, makeup, and fashion creative. In addition to modeling and acting, Amiyah made her mark when she was a teenager by pioneering the New Orleans underground ballroom scene.
Amiyah is a proud advocated of the LGBTQ community and has centralized her focus on giving a voice to transgender females. Consequently, she has a started a foundation