Today we pause to remember all of the transgender and gender nonconforming people lost to hate-based violence. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we also honor the life of Rita Hester, whose senseless murder in 1998 sparked this annual recognition.
With at least 37 violent murders in the U.S. this year – disproportionately of Black and Brown transgender women according to the Human Rights Campaign – 2020 is the deadliest year for such brutality. In Los Angeles, hate crimes and incidents targeting the transgender community jumped 64%, the largest number ever reported.
Transgender and gender nonconforming people deserve safety, respect, community and futures free from violence and hate. I will always stand as a proud ally to help ensure this. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, may we all commit to it.