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Deadliest year yet for Tran killings

Pennsylvanians remember, celebrate Trans lives

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Nov. 20, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is held in local communities and campuses across the nation to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender bigotry. Many victims of anti-transgender violence have been invisible in their communities and attackers not often brought to justice.

The 19th Annual TDOR brings together communities to mourn and honor victims of anti-transgender hate crimes and as a call to action towards the respect of all people regardless of gender identity or expression.

There have been at least 25 murders of trans people in the United States this year. On Tuesday, October 31st, Candace Towns was killed in Macon, GA. She was 30 years-old.

In Pennsylvania, we mourn and remember Maya Young, 25. She was recently stabbed to death in Philadelphia on February 20, 2016. In 2015, Pennsylvania mourned London Chanel, 21, and Kiesha Jenkins, 22, both black trans women who were killed in Philadelphia. In July 2013, another young trans woman, Diamond Williams, was brutally murdered in Philadelphia. The court case is ongoing in her murder. There have been countless known slayings of transgender people because of their identity around the world since last year. The TDOR website memorializes the murders of over 75 transgender individuals we are aware of in this past year.

Over 25 organized vigils have been held in communities throughout the commonwealth for TDOR in recent years. This was a large increase from just a few events held in Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania before 2013.

November is also Transgender Awareness Month. Many communities are not just mourning those lost to violence, but celebrating and lifting up the lives of transgender people. There are wonderful educational and community events set to take place throughout Pennsylvania. Several student organizations are holding Transgender Awareness Weeks. Trans Day of Visibility is annually on March 31st.

Bethlehem

Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley (1401 Greenview Drive), Nov. 21st, 7 - 9 pm

Hosts: Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Renaissance

Greensburg

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Campana Chapel), Nov. 15th, 8 - 9 pm

Host: Pitt Greensburg GSA

Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State Capitol - Main Steps (3rd and State Streets), Nov. 20, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Host: TransCentral PA

Lancaster

Grace Unitarian Universalist Church (1947 New Holland Pike), Nov. 20, 7-9 pm

Meadville

Diamond Park, Nov. 20, 7-8 pm

Host: Pennsylvania Equality Project

Philadelphia

William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street), Nov. 20, Time TBA

Host: William Way Community Center

Washington

First Presbyterian Church (100 East Wheeling Street), Nov. 20, 6-8 pm

Host: Washington County GSA, Inc.