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Transgender Day of Remembrance Atlanta Hosts Two Events Honoring Those Lost in 2021

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20, TDOR Atlanta is hosting two events.

On November 19, the organization will host an outdoor rally at Liberty Plaza (200-398 Capitol Ave SE) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Then, on November 20, a traditional vigil will be held at First Decatur Christian Church (601 West Ponce de Leon Ave) from 6 to 8 p.m.

TDOR is observed annually as a way to memorialize transgender people across the world who have been the victim of the epidemic of anti-trans violence. 2021 has become the deadliest year on record for anti-trans murder.

“Transgender women, transgender men, and nonbinary persons have the same rights as everyone else to go about their lives safe from violence,” Darlene Wagner, the President of TDOR Atlanta, said in an emailed statement. “The U.S. needs to be the country where people are able to live as their true selves without being targeted for murder. Internationally, anti-trans violence must also end, particularly in Brazil, which has seen over a hundred trans and gender non-conforming people murdered in the past year.”

At least 46 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Their names are:

Tyianna Alexander – Illinois

Samuel Edmund Damian Valentin – Puerto Rico

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz – Georgia

Dominique Jackson – Mississippi

Fifty Bandz – Louisiana

Alexus Braxton – Florida

Chyna Carrillo – Pennsylvania

Jeffrey “JJ” Bright – Pennsylvania

Jasmine Cannady – Pennsylvania

Jenna Franks – North Carolina

Diamond Kyree Sanders – Ohio

Rayanna Pardo – California

Jaida Peterson – North Carolina

Dominique Lucious – Missouri

Remy Fennell – North Carolina

Tiara Banks – Illinois

Natalia Smut – California

Iris Santos – Texas

Tiffany Thomas – Texas

Keri Washington – Florida

Jahaira DeAlto – Massachusetts

Whispering Wind Bear Spirit – Pennsylvania

Sophie Vasquez – Georgia

Danika “Danny” Henson – Maryland

Serenity Hollis – Georgia

Oliver “Ollie” Taylor – Oregon

Thomas Hardin – South Carolina

Poe Black – California

EJ Boykin – Virginia

Aidelen Evans – Texas

Taya Ashton – Maryland

Shai Vanderpump – New Jersey

Tierramarie Lewis – Ohio

Miss CoCo – Texas

Pooh Johnson – Louisiana

Disaya Monaee – Illinois

Briana Hamilton – Illinois

Kier Lapri Kartier – Texas

Mel Groves – Mississippi

Royal Poetical Starz – Florida ‘

Zoella “Zoey” Rose Martinez – Washington

Jo Acker – Idaho

Jessi Hart – Oregon

Rikkey Outumoro – Washington

Marquiisha Lawrence – South Carolina

Jenny De Leon – Florida