About 100 people gathered at Freedom Plaza on Friday, Nov. 17 to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event was organized by D.C.
Safe Haven, a trans-led service organization. Speakers at the rally referenced the members of the trans community who were murdered over the past year, including Jasmine “Star” Parker, Skylar Harrison Reeves, and A’Nee Roberson.
Activists and allies held candles and stood along a display of memorials with photos of members of the transgender community who had lost their lives.
Iya Dammons, executive director of D.C. Safe Haven, walked along the center of the display wearing a dress made of photos of the dead. “The dress symbolizes all of the siblings, the sisters, the women, the beautiful parts of our community who were taken from us,” trans activist Hope Giselle told the crowd. “And let’s be very clear,” Giselle continued. “These women did not simply die; these girls did not simply die; these women were murdered.