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It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Here’s where to find today’s vigils.

Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] [YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT]
Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] [YANA PASKOVA | NYT]
Published Nov. 20, 2019
Updated Nov. 20, 2019

Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event celebrating and honoring people who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.

Vigils will be held in Tampa and St. Petersburg as part of the remembrance, including the reading of a mayoral proclamation during the St. Petersburg ceremony.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1998 by transgender activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed that year. Her murder remains unsolved.

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Despite increased visibility in culture and media, members of the transgender community struggle against discrimination and are victims of targeted violent acts, according to the Human Rights Campaign. In 2018, Florida led the country in violent deaths of transgender people. In September of this year, black transgender woman Bee Love Slater was found burned to death in Clewiston.

Under current Florida law, transgender people are not protected against discrimination, and violence against them doesn’t fall under the state’s hate crime laws.

Here’s where you can participate in today’s Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils.

St. Pete

The LGBT Welcome Center first opened in 2014. Now with a fresh set of paint, it will be rebranded as the LGBTQ Welcome Center. In addition to helping the community, it also has a new focus on tourism. [SDINATALE | sara dinatale, 2018]

Where: Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center, 2227 Central Ave.

When: 7-8 p.m.

Tampa

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics serve 93,000 people throughout Tampa Bay.

Where: James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, 13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd.

When: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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