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A Look at Vigils Honoring Lives Lost to Violence on This Year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance



At least 22 transgender people in America lost their lives to violence this year. Most were women, most were Black, all were valuable.

Tuesday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance in the U.S. and around the world. It was created in 1999 by Gwendolyn Smith.

Across the nation, and around the world – from Washington D.C., to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Toronto, England, Ireland, India, and more – vigils were held honoring and remembering the people killed because they were transgender.

NBC News today points to “an FBI report released last week that found anti-LGBTQ hate crimes rose 3 percent in 2017, with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comprising more than 16 percent all 8,828 known hate crime victims.”

Here are the names of the 22 people lost to anti-trans violence this year in the U.S., from a 73-page report published by the Human Rights Campaign:

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien

Viccky Gutierrez

Celine Walker

Tonya “Kita” Harvey

Zakaria Fry

Phylicia Mitchell

Amia Tyrae Berryman

Sasha Wall

Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón

Nino Fortson

Gigi Pierce

Antash’a English

Diamond Stephens

Keisha Wells

Cathalina Christina James

Sasha Garden

Dejanay Stanton

Vontashia Bell

Shantee Tucker

Londonn Moore

Nikki Enriquez

Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier lists over 300 transgender people who died by violence this year around the world. Over 130 were shot. Nearly 50 stabbed. Nearly 30 beaten. Eight were stoned to death. Nine were tortured. Four were decapitated or dismembered. And for many the cause of death is listed as unknown.

Let’s take a look at some of the vigils held today, in the U.S. and around the world:

New Haven, Connecticut:


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Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania:

Washington, D.C.:

Pune, Maharashtra, India:

Loudoun County, Virginia:

Boston, Massachusetts:

East Midlands, England:

Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Birmingham, UK:

Bournemouth, England:

New Jersey:

Dublin City, Ireland:

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