SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The fatal shooting in Colorado Springs came on the eve of Transgender Memorial Day — an international event that honors those murdered because of transphobia.
A ceremony was held Sunday in San Francisco. The community says now is the time to stand together.
Speakers at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in San Francisco paid tribute to those killed in the shooting at a Colorado Springs gay nightclub and said prayers for those injured.
“It speaks to the polarization of our country at the moment and it’s really important that we are here today and say we are here,” said event organizer Niko Storment. “We are homosexuals. We’re not going anywhere.
Attendees say they are grateful for events like this because it gives them an outlet to raise awareness.
This year’s theme is “Their Legacy Lives On”.
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The day was founded to draw attention to the fact that transgender people continue to face violence. The organizers of this event claim that this year alone, at least 31 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been shot or killed.
They also say that many deaths go unreported.