It was an emotional day for Long Beach’s transgender community.
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach held the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance last Friday evening. Dozens of volunteers read a list of 89 transgender people whose lives were lost to violence the past year, compelling both speakers and audience members to cry tears.
In the video above, organizers and transgender youth express why having a Transgender Day of Remembrance in Long Beach was personal for them.
About 60 persons attended the candlelit vigil, which featured speakers such as First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, transgender media star Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton, and Long Beach boxer Patricio Manuel, one of the few openly transgender professional athletes.