One by one the names were read, and he candles were extinguished. Over one hundred transgender men and women were named in the Beneficent Church on Sunday evening for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, men and women murdered for no reason other than their identity.
“Transgender Day of Remembrance,” wrote the organizers, “which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.”
Below is the full video of the event.
The celebration was so beautiful and moving, that it’s almost easy to forget that, as Ethan Huckel, president of TGI Network reminded us, “…this isn’t something that happens quietly… it’s violent in the most violent ways that we can think of violence.”
Featured speaker Valerie Larkin said, “We’re tired of doing this every November 20th. I hope that someday we can all gather on a November 20th and celebrate the end of violence against the transgender community.”