“Transgender Day of Remembrance is extremely important to my administration, as it gives us an opportunity to raise public awareness about this special group of people, bring attention to crimes against them, and honor the memories of those whose lives ended due to issues relating to their sexual identity or expression,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
“Transgender people in Baltimore and throughout the region are sons, daughters, parents, and friends who deserve our love, kindness, and respect. Transgender Day of Remembrance gives us an opportunity to think about and honor the victims of violence rooted in hate.”
This week, the Human Rights Campaign released a study, known as the Municipality Equality Index. The study analyzed nearly 300 American cities on issues pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. Baltimore scored the highest possible score (100) for leading the way to support equality for LGBT people.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is held each year on November 20. The first Transgender Day of Remembrance was held in San Francisco in 1999 in memory of Rita Hester, whose unsolved murder occurred on November 28, 1998. A tradition for the Baltimore memorial is the reading of the names of all who have been murdered or died from lack of proper medical care due to sexual identity or expression.
This year, two events will take place in Baltimore thanks to the efforts of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Interweave and the Transgender Response Team.
Wednesday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m ET at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. This upcoming Saturday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Transgender Day of Community will be held at the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, 514 N. Charles Street. Both events offer an opportunity to discuss challenges facing the community and honor victims of violence and bias.