The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance will honor trans victims of violence on Friday, November 20th at Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church (7350 Raleigh Lagrange Rd.).
The most recent transgender homicide victim in Memphis was Alejandra Leos, who was murdered in a domestic violence incident last year. Other Memphis victims to be honored include Marcal Tye (2011), Ebony Whitaker (2008), Duanna Johnson (2008), and Tiffany Berry (2006). Victims from all over the country will be honored as well.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, trans people report high rates of violence and harassment in all parts of their lives, including in school settings, at workplaces, in interactions with law enforcement, at non-profit or government agencies, in jails and prisons, and even at home with family members and relationship partners.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center will be on-hand with information about resources for the Memphis trans community.
The vigil will last from 7 to 9 p.m.