Transgender activists celebrated with their LGBT allies and commemorated lives lost to anti-trans violence during a moving Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday at Atlanta's LGBT center.
A crowd of more than 100 people filled a large room at the Rush Center and spilled into the lobby for the annual event, which is part solemn remembrance and part celebration of successes.
Rev. Maressa Pendermon, a pastor at Unity Fellowship of Christ Church Atlanta, served as keynote speaker of the event, which also offered a diverse collection of LGBT activists and supporters. State Sen. Vincent Fort addressed the crowd, as did Officer Brian Sharp, an LGBT liaison for Atlanta police. The department recently announced a new set of policies to guide its interactions with transgender people.
The event returned to the Rush Center, where it was held in 2012. The event is often held on the steps of the Georgia Capitol. It closed with organizer Tracee McDaniel and Darlene Wagner reading the names of the transgender people killed in the last year.