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UA & SAGA observe Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted at 9:54 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:57:04-05

"Avita Montez, 24-years-old, June 5th, 2017."

Monday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day when the LGBTQ community comes together to mourn transgender people who were killed in hate crimes in the last year. 

This year, 300 names were on the list, along with their age, and the date they were killed. 

Members of Tucson's transgender community and UA came together to mourn and celebrate the lives lost, and to show their support for members of the community who survived.

Each name, read out loud, one-by-one.

"This year there are 325 and that means one person is murdered somewhere in the world, because of transgender hate, every day," SAGA vice-president Abby Jensen said. 

Jensen said transgender people are in danger every day around the world.

"Most people don't understand the extent of the violence against the transgender community," Jensen said. "And the impact that violence has on even those of us who survive."

Floating candles, drifting in the water at UA Old Main fountain, each representing a life lost. 

Jensen said this year there are more names on the list and more candles in the fountain than last year.

She said that means more violence against her community, but also more transgender people being identified correctly after their deaths.

"Well, it's bad that more people are dying as a result of violence against trans people. It's good because of the increased visibility for the trans community that more and more people are being recognized and their deaths recognized as a result of transgender hate," Jenson said. "Violence against the trans community is a tragedy." 

Each year, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a somber day that reminds the community just how much they have lost.