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.