Transgender Remembrance Day honors victims of violence

Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 9:49 PM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The Pride Center of Vermont was joined by other organizations and the community in Montpelier on Sunday to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s an annual observance to honor and remember trans, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people who have lost their lives to violence rooted in hate.

“We are all putting fallen feathers on altars to honor you, and pledging to save the planet because we couldn’t save you,” said poet Robyn Joy.

They had a moment of silence and offered kind words to remember members of the LGBTQ community who lost their lives due to the violence that has plagued trans groups.

Eventgoers say this is much needed.

“We deserve justice for the violence we are facing. We are under attack in so many ways in so many places. It’s kind of a scary time to be trans,” said community member Aedan.

The pride center took the time to mention 39 different people who died as a result of violence.

V Pearson and their children were there to show support because they feel it’s important to remember and to teach their children a valuable lesson.

“It’s really important that we show up as a community to honor those we have lost. I wanted to bring my children because it’s important that they know we are part of a community of people who care about each other,” said Pearson.

Among the 39 names that were read, the Pride Center also took the time to remember the five who lost their lives in a shooting at an LGBTQ Colorado Springs nightclub.

“Our community always feels these losses, but to wake up to such senseless violence on this day where we remember our dead, made the pain particularly acute. I hope that we can all make some space for the loss along with the others that we are mourning today,” said members of the Pride Center.

Anyone who needs support can contact the pride center at info@pridecentervt.org, as well as many other resources like info@outrightvt.org, and the Safespace LGBTQ hotline, 802-863-0003.