Transgender people say they're fighting for the freedom to live authentically. Many lives have been cut short due to violence.
Monday night, a candlelight vigil was held at Palm Springs City Hall for Transgender Day of Remembrance.
It was organized by the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.
The names of about 30 trans people who've been killed this year were read aloud at the observance
"It's an important day for us to honor the folks that we've lost and hopefully in the future, it's something we don't have to do, which is kind of my thinking," said Renae Punzalan, director of outreach for the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.
You can watch Peter Daut's full, in-depth interview with Punzalan below: