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A local event in honor of Transgender Remembrance Day begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20 at the Salida Boat Ramp at the bottom of G Street and West Sackett. The event was already planned before last night’s horrific attack on the crowd at Club Q in Colorado Springs which it appears may be investigated as a hate crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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Per local leader of the PfCA (Partnership for Community Action) Jimmy Sellars:

“Each year on November 20 we pause to remember and mourn the lives we’ve lost to transphobic violence. We’ve lost members of our own local community.

This tradition began in Boston in 1998 in response to the murder of beloved community member Rita Hester in Allston, MA. Now, 23 years later, the day is observed around the world. While there has been incredible progress made in recent years in the fight for transgender rights, recorded instances of transphobic violence and discrimination are higher now than at the time of Hester’s tragic death. People of color, particularly transgender women of color, face a disproportionate rate of hate, violence, and incarceration.”

Sellars invites the community to join the group by the Salida Boat Ramp next to the SteamPlant Event Center for hot chocolate and cider, for candle-lite readings and a pause for remembrance. It is an outside event, so attendees should dress warmly, as it will be chilly