LGBT Life Center hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance

Randolph Lopez
November 21, 2017

"On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons", the statement continued.

The event was held at the New Life MCC Church on Sunset Drive in Norfolk.

Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year.

This year has been the deadliest on record in the United States for transgender people known to have been killed.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the day in 1999 to honor the 1998 murder of transgender woman Rita Hester.

Another report, released by the Trans Murder Monitoring research project, found that there were 325 cases of reported killings of trans and gender non-conforming people between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.

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This report includes the names of every transgender and gender non-conforming person killed as a result of their gender identity.

None of the cases included in HRC's report were classified as hate crimes, but the organization noted that transgender individuals are disproportionately affected by systemic bias and occupy a vulnerable position in the U.S.

Governor Dennis Daugarard vetoed the bill passed by the legislature previous year, saying the measure was "a solution in search of a problem". "We have to be who we truly are, and we do it despite the violence that might be perpetrated against us".

Being authentically yourself takes courage, and nobody understands that better than trans people, especially trans people of color.

"On this day of mourning, Mermaids stands with the transgender community and its allies, in sadness for the too many that have died (for they are all somebody's child), and in hope, that the future for our young generation will bring with it greater compassion, understanding and acceptance".

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