TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Somber Vigils Mark Transgender Day of Remembrance
Community pays respects at events across the city
emerging to represent the
individuals who died at the Pulse
nightclub in Orlando in 2016.
Gays Against Guns’ Human
Beings made their way from the
Washington Square Park arch to
Judson Memorial Church to join
Rev. Micah Busey and Bridges 4
Life for a candlelight vigil in honor
of those who have passed.
There were multiple other
Transgender Day of Remembrance
events around the city, including
at Manhattan’s Little Island, where
the LGBT Community Center hosted
a gathering featuring messages
of hope, grief, and solidarity, and
in Queens, where Make the Road
New York led the community at Corona
This year’s Transgender Day of
Remembrance events were held after
the nation surpassed another
deadly milestone, with 47 transgender
or non-binary individuals
suffering violent deaths — a death
toll that already shattered existing
records with still another month
remaining in the year.
The community joins together at Destination Tomorrow’s Transgender Day of Remembrance event.
That same evening, Gays
Against Guns brought back the
“Human Beings” — folks dressed
in all white who held placards paying
tribute to each individual who
suffered deadly violence this year.
The Human Beings have become a
regular part of Transgender Day of
Remembrance events since originally
A dancer performs at the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project’s
Transgender Day of Remembrance event.
The candlelight vigil at Judson Memorial Church.
who have lost their lives.
The Caribbean Equality Project,
Queer Detainee Empowerment
Project, and Trans Asylias turned
to dancing and music as they focused
their Transgender Day of
Remembrance event on Black
and Brown transgender and nonbinary
refugees and asylum seekers.
Destination Tomorrow executive director Sean Coleman holds a
canvas in honor of trans folks who have passed away.
BY MATT TRACY
Several emotional vigils
and gatherings were held
across the city over the
weekend to commemorate
Transgender Day of Remembrance,
which was on November 20.
On November 19, Bronx-based
LGBTQ organization Destination
Tomorrow hosted their fourth annual
silent vigil and evening march,
which started in Manhattan before
attendees crossed the 145th Street
Bridge and concluded in the Bronx.
Folks held signs with a range of
messages paying tribute to lost
loved ones: One of the canvases
at that event simply read “Trans
Lives Matter,” while a separate one
stated, “Being trans isn’t a choice…
Being transphobic is!” Another sign
offered a gender-affi rming message,
saying, “Trans women are women.
Trans men are men.”
The following day — Transgender
Day of Remembrance —
brought additional events intended
to shed light on transgender individuals
Gays Against Guns’ Human Beings memorialize folks lost to gun
Destination Tomorrow’s candlelight vigil.
Highlighting the importance of standing up for trans individuals on
Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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