Newtown, Orlando, Charleston, San Bernardino, Aurora, Las Vegas and more are names of communities that conjure up horrific events. When these senseless killings take place, we are riveted to our televisions and smart phones.
What about the tragedies that took place in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Waxahachie, and Ithaca? What you never heard about them? Senseless killings took place in these communities and nearly 20 more.
The difference was in the body count, because these homicides were perpetrated against one individual at a time. You see, the murders of transgender persons seldom make the news and their news of their deaths are often relinquished to the dustbin of history.
However, the impact of these hate-derived killings is something that those of us that identify as transgender feel deep in our souls. These are our sisters and brothers, and could easily be one of us, all because the motives of the murderers were likely rooted in transphobia.
To create a sense of awareness and to be sure that trans murders do not go unnoticed, communities around the world on Nov. 20 each conduct a memorial to those transgender persons lost in the preceding 12 months.
The event is universally observed under the title of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It has been observed in Harrisburg on the Capitol Steps for countless years as TransCentralPA along with its community partners and friends join in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Official Observance.
The event for 2017 will once again be held on the steps of the State Capitol in Harrisburg Mon., Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Several guest speakers will offer remarks and those attending will be afforded a chance to light a candle and read aloud the names of the deceased.
Please join TransCentralPA as we make sure these deaths do not go unnoticed.
Joanne Carroll is the President of TransCentral PA. TransCentral PA is committed to providing advocacy and caring support for transgender individuals, their significant others, families, friends and allies.