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GMHC Commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance

11.20.2018

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Cub Barrett: VP, Communications and Public Affairs, GMHC: 
CubB@gmhc.org

NEW YORK, NY (November 20, 2018)—Today, in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, we at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) come together as supporters, allies, and community members in memory of those who have lost their lives or experienced violence because of their gender identity or expression.
While this is a day of mourning and remembrance, it is also a day of reflection and resilience on which we recognize the contributions of those who continue to advocate for the rights of trans people everywhere—even as we honor the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten.

This year, we have heard the reports of the ongoing epidemic of violence committed against transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people that continues to claim the lives of too many. While murders of transgender people often go unreported due to misgendering or misrepresentation, we know that 2018 has claimed the lives of at least 22 individuals.
“We are working hard to end the epidemic of trans-specific intersectional barriers faced by trans communities—specifically trans communities of color—to improve and influence community-wide policy initiatives that support economic, racial, and social sustainability,” said GMHC Managing Director of Policy Cecilia Gentili. “GMHC is committed to ending the epidemic of transphobia, hate, and violence while continuing to raise the visibility of the TGNC communities. We believe in and are dedicated to providing the support to address the issues of marginalized communities, who are disproportionately subjected to violence based on gender identity or expression.”

There is progress happening, and GMHC is pleased to be a part of it. Last week, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Council’s Finance Committee Chair, Daniel Dromm, announced $3.8 million of Council allocations in Fiscal Year 2019 for LGBTQ initiatives across the city. Of that new funding, the Trans Equity Program Initiative was awarded $1.8 million to sustain programs and services for TGNC individuals in 13 community-based organizations, including GMHC. The Trans Equity Program Initiative is the first initiative benefiting solely the trans community.  Gentili is a member of the Trans Equity Coalition which advocated for this historic funding.
Additionally, on this day of remembrance, GMHC understands the vital importance to continue to uplift and raise awareness on the value of trans lives everywhere, while re-committing ourselves to ending the epidemic of anti-transgender violence. Our dedication to inclusivity in serving TGNC communities reaffirms the work that needs to continue to be done to stop the marginalization of transgender communities.

“As we continue to support and celebrate the resiliency of TGNC people everywhere, we must remember all the transgender individuals who have lost their lives to violence,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “We must also continue to work toward a more inclusive society for TGNC communities that supports sustainable ways to thrive. I’m proud that we work in a city, and with a City Council, that values the kind of work GMHC does every day on behalf of our clients—and especially on behalf of our TGNC clients.”
 

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