Atlanta honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

Each year on Nov. 20, the transgender community, allies and loved ones come together to remember those who were killed because of anti-trans hatred and bigotry. A Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial dis...
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Week of events honor transgender community

Transgender Day of Remembrance

For the past decade or more, people have gathered on the steps of the Georgia Capitol to remember transgender people who were killed or died because of who they are. This year, the day will also celebrate life.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, facilitated by Tracee McDaniel and her organization, the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, is also moving indoors for the first time and will be held at the Phillip Rush Center on Nov. 20.

“In addition to the vigil we’ve added a new component this year,” McDaniel says.

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Atlanta marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil at state capitol

Participants in the annual Atlanta Transgender Day of Remembrance read 222 names and instances of transgender people around the world killed violently for who they are. At the conclusion of the Nov. 20 vigil on the steps of the state capitol, groups of red balloons were released into the sky, representing the blood of those violently attacked and killed in 2011.

Sir Jesse Beller, a DeKalb County teacher and trans activist who works with the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, played “Taps” on his trumpet to remember the dead.

Organized by Tracee McDaniel, founder and CEO of the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, and supported by numerous organizations including Lambda Legal, Georgia Equality, the Human Rights Campaign and Meak Productions, the annual event attracted some 100 people this year.