Wednesday is Transgender Day of Remembrance: a day set aside to remember those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at least 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed in the United States since the beginning of this year alone.
The FBI also just recently released 2018’s hate crimes data, showing a 34% increase in hate-based attacks on transgender people between 2017 and 2018.
In honor of those who have died in discriminatory attacks, the City of Palm Springs is hosting a vigil at City Hall Thursday at 5 p.m. There will also be a free community resource fair in the parking lot from 3-7 p.m.
The vigil will will feature a special keynote speech from well-known transgender activist, actor, singer and songwriter Ryan Cassata. A memorial sculpture will also be on display.
The Transgender Health and Wellness Center is a local resource for the LGBTQ community year-round. They offer mental and emotional support through various programs. They’re located at 35325 Date Palm Dr. in Suite 143 in Cathedral City and can be reached at (760) 202-4308.