Transgender Day of Remembrance at City Hall memorializes trans lives lost

John McDevitt
November 20, 2019 - 4:25 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Cities around the world, including Philadelphia, are acknowleding Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Mayor Jim Kenney was among several dignitaries who spoke outside City Hall Wednesday, drawing attention to violence endured by trans people.

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“We are here today to honor the precious lives lost due to the violence and self-harm that affects the transgender community every year,” Kenney said. “Our city has truly felt the impact of these losses.”

Marcuz James said the day is all about respect.

“As a trans man of color, it has been ultimately difficult to operate in the city,” he said. “It has been difficult to operate in life in general, and when you look at us, I don't think that people don't always understand what they see. 

“And that's OK — I don't need you to understand what you see, but I need you to respect the same life that you have is the same life that I have. The 24 hours a day you have is the same 24 hours a day that I have.”

At the end of the remembrance, the light blue-, pink- and white-striped trans pride flag was raised on a flagpole.