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November: TDOR

Queer Comic Conversations is a webcomic series by Comic artists Illi Anna Heger (Munich) and Sam Orchard (Wellington) where they discuss similarities and differences about queer and trans lives.

visual comic: Queer Comic Conversation - November: TDOR, scroll down for text-based comic (after annotations)© Illi Anna Heger, Sam Orchard


Here, we linked a few support groups and crisis lines for Germany and New Zealand for mental health support.

The information centre Trans-ident gives advice and supports people and their relatives around questions of trans identity and trans sexuality.

Weisser Ring is a telephone support service for victims of crime.

DBND is a support network by queer boys for queer boys.

The association Rosa Hilfe e.V. undertakes social and peadagogical educational work to support people who have been disadvantaged or experienced disadvantages because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

OUTLine is a national service that helps LGBTIQ+ New Zealanders access support, information and a sense of community.

Sexual harm helpline. Free, confidential, 24/7.

InsideOUT is a national organisation which works with youth, whānau, schools and communities to make Aotearoa a safer place for all rainbow young people to live and be in.

Community development agency Hearts and Minds provides services with an integrated focus on wellbeing.

Resouce Hub for Takatāpui and their whanau.

Further information on TDOR and justice projects for trans people:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-trans hatred or prejudice.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.

Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT) is an ongoing, comparative qualitative-quantitative research project initiated by Transgender Europe (TGEU).

Transgender Law Centre: Through organizing and movement-building programmes, TLC assists, informs, and empowers thousands of individual community members a year and builds towards a long-term, trans-led movement for liberation.


Sam: Hello Illi, where are we going today?

Illi: Trans Day of Remembrance, TDOR is in November. Please join me at the TDOR vigil walk through downtown Munich.

Sam and Illi stand inmidst of people. Many hold candles and signs.

Sam is thinking: There are many great things about being queer and trans, but some are really hard.

Illi is thinking: On this day, we get together to mourn those who lost their lives due to anti-trans violence.

Sam: I am really grateful to Gwendolyn Ann Smith, the trans woman who founded TDOR in 1999. The first TDOR memorilised Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered in Massachusetts.

Illi: Sadly today, the violence continues.

Sam and Illi are walking with alongside many people. Lots of signs can be seen with pictures and names of people who lost their lives due to anti-trans violence. Later they seek a quiet bench in a park to mourn those who died. 

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