Today, Rochester LGBTQ+ Together joins with our community to commemorate Trans Day of Remembrance.

TDoR, held annually on November 20, is as much an urgent call to action as it is a solemn day of remembrance. Today, as we honor, celebrate, and mourn the lives of transgender people who were murdered in acts of anti-trans violence and hate, we must commit to actively supporting and protecting trans lives every day. Trans people deserve to feel and be safe in their own countries, communities and homes. 

Here are the 32 known transgender and gender non-conforming people killed in the United States so far this year, a majority of whom were Black trans women and most of whom were people of color: Tiffany Banks, Semaj Billingslea, Acey Morrison, Mya Allen, Dede Ricks, Maddie Hofmann, Aaron Lynch, Kandii Reed, Hayden Davis, Marisela Castro Cherry Bush, Keshia Chanel Geter, Martasia Richmond, Kitty Monroe, Shawmaynè Giselle Marie, Brazil Johnson, Chanelika Y’Ella Dior Hemingway, Nedra Sequence Morris, Ray Muscat, Fern Feather, Ariyanna Mitchell, Miia Love Parker, Kenyatta “Kesha” Webster, Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse, Tatiana Labelle, Paloma Vazquez, Matthew Angelo Spampinato, Naomie Skinner, Cypress Ramos, Duval Princess, and Amariey Lej. (Source: Human Rights Campaign)

We must not just say their names, but also honor their lives, by fighting transphobia and standing up to anti-trans violence, always. #TDOR

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