Dozens gathered for Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil

Dozens gathered for the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil at Austin City Hall. (KXAN/Todd Bailey)
Dozens gathered for the Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil at Austin City Hall. (KXAN/Todd Bailey)

AUSTIN, (KXAN) — Members of the community and members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, gathered on the steps of Austin City Hall Sunday evening to commemorate transgender individuals that have lost their lives.

PFLAG is the largest organization for parents, families, friends and allies of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. According to their website, their mission is advancing equality through support, education and advocacy. The Transgender Education Network of Texas sponsored the annual vigil to memorialized transgender people who have been killed as a result as their perceived gender diversity.

Dozens of people from different walks of life gathered to hear personal stories of those connected to the transgender community and commemorate those who lost their lives locally and from around the world.

The vigil lasted from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and featured a variety of speakers.

According to the Transgender Education Network of Texas website, not every person memorialized during the event identified as transgender- transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender diverse- each was a victim of violence based on bias against the transgender community.

 

 

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s