Remembering those who lost their lives to transgender violence from 11/20/2019 to 11/20/2020
Candlelight Vigil and Reading of Names Tonight
Project Rainbow and the Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) will be reading the names of those we have lost during a candlelight vigil. You are invited to watch virtually on Facebook Live from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed annually on November 20th to memorialize those lives lost to anti-transgender violence and to shine a light on the persistence of anti-transgender violence. Founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith after the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.
This year the number of transgender and gender non-conforming people lost to antitransgender violence is the highest on record in the United States. So far, at least 34 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed, with the vast majority of reported murders being Black and Brown transgender women. In 2019, the American Medical Association stated that violence targeted at transgender people reached “epidemic” proportions.
Say Their Names
Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears
Brian “Egypt” Powers
Dior H. Ova
Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells
Helle Jae O’Regan
Layla Pelaez Sánchez
Michelle “Michellyn” Ramos Vargas
Neulisa Luciano Ruiz
Penélope Díaz Ramírez
Queasha D. Hardy
Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos