Transgender Day of Remembrance: Honoring the Slain

November is National Transgender Awareness Month and November 20th was National Transgender Remembrance Day; an annual observance of those transgender persons whose lives were taken from them in violence spurred from hate and bigotry.  Starting in 1999 by trans advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of a transgender woman, Rita Hester, who was murdered the year before; this year’s commemoration is needed more than ever.

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