This year, the 16th International Transgender Day of Remembrance was held on November 20, 2014. Each November, Dignity/New York commemorates the Transgender Day of Remembrance during our liturgy. We were honored to have Mateo Williamson, Co-Chair of the DignityUSA Trans Caucus, with us at liturgy on November 16, 2014.

During the Prayer of the Faithful, we especially remembered all trans people who have been victims of homicide. This year 226 trans persons from all over the world were added to the long list of those to be remembered. Those who were murdered in the United States were prayed for individually: Kitty Collins, Aniya Parker, Emily Jeans Marrs, Alejandra Leos, Mia Henderson, Yaz'min Shancez, Zoraida Reyes, Kandy Hall, Katherine Christine Von-Roeder, Riley Bourke, Riley Moscatel, Tracey Weldon. The reading of the name, date of violent death, and place of death was a prayerful memorial for each of them.

We hope that our commemoration helps to raises public awareness of hate crimes against trans people, provides a space for public mourning, and honors the lives of those trans people who might otherwise be forgotten.

For the full memorial list, see The Transgender Day of Remembrance website.