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Out On The Lakeshore to host Holland's first outdoor Transgender Day of Remembrance

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Out On The Lakeshore to host Holland’s first outdoor Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has tracked at least 45 reported deaths due to anti-trans violence in 2021, making this the most violent year since the campaign began monitoring these crimes in 2013.

Out On The Lakeshore’s trans and gender-non-conforming support group, Gender SAFE will host its fourth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, Nov. 20. The day recognizes the lives lost to anti-transgender violence in the United States.

For the first time, the event will be held outdoors in Centennial Park. Starting at 7pm, it will feature a candlelight vigil with descriptions of victims, live music, personal stories and readings.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time for us to honor those victims and stand together in recognition that there is so much more work to do to better protect our trans friends, family, and neighbors from the inequities and violence they face," said Jeffrey Sorensen, Executive Director of Out On The Lakeshore.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has tracked at least 45 reported deaths due to anti-trans violence in 2021, making this the most violent year since the campaign began monitoring these crimes in 2013. Sorensen said the number of deaths is likely even higher than HRC's findings, due to inaccurate reporting within the criminal justice system.

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