So far this year eight trans lives have been taken due to violence. They are often left to die in the street.
The San Diego LGBT community and their allies will band together to remember the young trans women lost in the United States since the beginning of the year.
A candlelight vigil will be held at the Pride Flag located on University Avenue and Normal Street in Hillcrest on Thursday March 2, at 6:30 pm.
Since the beginning of the year, young trans women from across the country have been murdered; three in the past week in Louisiana.
Organized by black trans women and Project TRANS at The Center, the vigil is not only a memorial to those who have died, but a call to action to end the nation-wide violence against the trans community.
Here is a list of those killed since January:
Mesha Caldwell – Mississippi (January 4), 41 years old
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls (January 7), 28 years old
Sean Hake – Sharon, Pennsylvania (January 6), 23 years old
JoJo Striker – Toledo, Ohio (February 8), 23 years old
Chyna Gibson – New Orleans (February 25), 31 years old
Ciara McElveen, – New Orleans (February 27) 21 years old
Jaquarrius Holland, New Orleans (February 19) 18 years old
For more information about the vigil click HERE.
About Project TRANS at The Center:
Project T.R.A.N.S. (Transgender Resources, Advocacy, Networking Services) is a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
The San Diego LGBT Community Center is located at 3909 Centre St, San Diego, 92103.