LOS ANGELES (CNS) – West Hollywood will host a virtual Transgender Remembrance Day ceremony on Saturday night that will read the names of people killed as a result of anti-transgender violence.
The 6:00 p.m. ceremony includes a speech by Rev. Valerie Spencer and tributes to soul singer LZ Love and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. It will be streamed live and available on the West Hollywood YouTube page.
What you need to know
- West Hollywood will host a virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony on Saturday night
- The 6 p.m. ceremony will read the names of people killed as a result of violence against transgender people
- It will also include a speech by Rev. Valerie Spencer and tributes from soul singer LZ Love and the Los Angeles Trans Chorus
- Transgender Day of Remembrance was launched in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Transgender Day of Remembrance was launched in 1999 by transgender lawyer Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman killed in 1998.
“At least 46 transgender people have been killed in horrific acts of violence in this country and hundreds more around the world this year,” President Joe Biden said in a statement on Transgender Remembrance Day. “Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice and joy.
“Today, on Transgender Remembrance Day, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year for transgender Americans, as well as the countless other transgender people – disproportionately black and brown transgender women and girls – who suffered brutal violence, Face discrimination and harassment.
“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know. But nobody should have to be brave just to live in safety and dignity,” the president’s statement said. “Today we remember. Tomorrow – and every day – we must continue to act. “