Metro Wellness holds Tampa Bay Transgender Day of Remembrance next week

18 transgender people have been murdered in the U.S. this year alone.

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Despite advances, the transgender community still experiences hate crimes and murders (as of late September, 18 transgender people have been murdered in the U.S. this year alone). Transgender Day of Remembrance was initially founded by activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a way to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998 and others killed that same year; the event has now grown into an annual nationwide memorial for the transgender community.

“This is a day to remember, memorialize and honor those within the transgender community who have lost their lives due to hate and bigotry,” said Tristan Byrnes, a local gender therapist and one of the vigil’s organizers in a social media post. “It’s a day to bring together the transgender community and its allies to bring awareness to this important cause and to end the needless loss of life.”

Although candles will be provided, Metro strongly encourages you to bring your own.

Wed. Nov. 20, 7 p.m-8 p.m. Free. Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center, 2227 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

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