SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Transgender Pride Flag is being flown above the California State Capitol on Wednesday, as ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom. Each year on November 20th, Transgender Day of Remembrance has been recognized internationally as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. This day serves as an unfortunate reminder of the continued violence that many in the transgender community face on a regular basis. At least 22 transgender people have been killed in the United States so far this year, most of them Black transgender women.
“By flying the Transgender Flag above the Capitol, we solemnly remember our fellow Californians who lost their lives to anti-trans violence and all who loved them,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They remind us that, despite our remarkable progress toward full inclusion, LGBTQ people still face an unacceptable level of violence and discrimination. As we honor their memory and work to build a California for All, we recommit ourselves to promoting safety and equality for the transgender community.”
“To end violence against transgender people, we need fundamental change – change that fully includes and embraces the trans community ,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. “Anti-trans violence is a serious threat and disproportionately affects trans women of color. Today we recommit to ending violence against trans people and moving toward a more justice and inclusive society.“
“Transgender Day of Remembrance reminds us that we have an epidemic in this country with our transgender community, particularly transgender people of color, frequently becoming targets of hatred and violence,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), Vice Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. “We have much more work to do to protect our transgender community. Today, we are raising the transgender pride flag above our State Capitol in solidarity with our transgender community and to demonstrate our continued commitment to do that important work and ensure California is a safe, inclusive, and accepting place for all people.”
“It’s time to end the epidemic of violence against the transgender community, plain and simple,” said Palm Springs City Councilmember Lisa Middleton, the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in California. “On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we are reminded that, while California has been a leader in protections for transgender people and transgender representation, our work is far from over. From Palm Springs to Sacramento, Los Angeles to Washington, DC, and everywhere in between, our transgender community deserves to be safe, deserves a seat at the table and deserves to live happy, healthy lives.”
“As we raise the Transgender Pride Flag over the State Capitol, we do so in memory of the at least twenty-two transgender people who have been murdered this year,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “We remember Dana Martin and Chynal Lindsey. We remember Jordan Cofer, Bee Love Slater and Itali Marlowe. Their lives matter. Violence against transgender people — and transgender women of color, in particular — is a crisis that demands our attention and immediate action. Our work to protect transgender people — particularly trans women of color — won’t stop until every member of the community feels safe in their schools, places of worship, hospitals and everywhere. On this somber day, Equality California pledges to be a relentless partner in the fight for transgender liberation and full, lived equality.”
The at least 22 transgender people who have been lost to anti-transgender violence so far in 2019 include Dana Martin (Montgomery, Alabama), Jazzaline Ware (Memphis Tennessee), Ashanti Carmon (Prince George’s County, Maryland), Claire Legato (Cleveland, Ohio), Muhlaysia Booker (Dallas, Texas), Michelle “Tamika” Washington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Paris Cameron (Detroit, Michigan), Chynal Lindsey (Dallas, Texas), Chanel Scurlock (Lumberton, North Carolina), Zoe Spears (Prince George’s County, Maryland), Brooklyn Lindsey (Kansas City, Missouri), Denali Berries Stuckey (North Charleston, South Carolina), Tracy Single (Houston, Texas), Kiki Fantroy (Miami, Florida), Bubba Walker (Charlotte, North Carolina), Pebbles Ladime “Dime” Doe (Allendale County, South Carolina), Jordan Cofer (Dayton, Ohio), Bailey Reeves (Baltimore, Maryland), Bee Love Slater (Clewiston, Florida), Jamagio Jamar Berryman who sometimes went by the name Ja’leyah-Jamar (Kansas City, Kansas), Itali Marlowe (Houston, Texas) and Brianna “BB” Hill who sometimes spelled her name Breonna Be’Be Hill (Kansas City, Missouri). A list of people around the world who have been lost to anti-transgender violence in 2019 compiled by the Remembering Our Dead Project is available here.
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