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GMHC Commemorates Transgender Day of Remembrance

11.20.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

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 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 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 2017 has claimed the lives of at least 24 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 Director of Policy Cecilia Gentili. “We at GMHC are committed to ending the epidemic of transphobia, hate, and violence while continuing to raise the visibility of the trans and gender non-conforming 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 “

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 the trans and gender non-conforming 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 trans and gender non-conforming people, 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 trans and gender non-conforming communities that supports sustainable ways to thrive.”

GMHC stands in solidarity with our trans and gender non-conforming communities in ending transphobia in our world, and working toward a future where all people are free from discrimination, hatred, and violence.

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