Lincoln remembers lives lost to transgender violence

47 transgender lives were lost in 2021

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Saturday was Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience. OutNebraska held an event to remember the transgender and non-binary lives that have been lost due to violence and suicide.

There were several speakers at the event and a candlelight vigil.

“Our lives have meaning and too many people are lost to transphobia and violence,” says Executive Director of OutNebraska, Abbi Swatsworth. “This is a way to remember their lives and also a way to say that we are going to continue fighting to live in a world where trans people do not experience violence.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 47 transgender and non-binary lives were lost due to violent shootings or other violent means in 2021.

The organization has been tracking violent fatal incidents against the community since 2013 and previously said 2020 was the most violent year on record.

Transgender day of remembrance was started in 1999 and is observed on November 20th every year.

If you are transgender or part of the LGBTQ community, you can find resources through OutNebraska.

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