Central PA's LGBT News Source
Against the backdrop of the American Medical Association calling this year’s rise in transgender murders an "epidemic," about 50 people, many transgender, gathered in Harrisburg Sept. 28 to be “visible.”
The local event coincided with the National Transgender Day of visibility in Washington, DC.
Several speakers addressed the crowd during which time it was noted that after numerous failed attempts over the last 20 years, Pennsylvania is the only Northeast state without LGBT civil rights protections in place. The legislature has before it two measures calling for such protections.
Folowing speeches the group marched around the perimeter of the state Capitol.
To date, 28 trans people in the US have been violently killed. Many victims were trans women of color. The New York Times reported that the attacks have "mobilized transgender and LGBTQ groups, with calls for lawmakers to strengthen hate crime legislation and bar the use of the so-called gay- or trans-panic defense for people charged with attacks.”