On Nov. 20, the international observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued the following statement:
“Transgender Day of Remembrance is extremely important to my administration, as it gives us an opportunity to raise public awareness about this special group of people, bring attention to crimes against them, and honor the memories of those whose lives ended due to issues relating to their sexual identity or expression. Transgender people in Baltimore and throughout the region are sons, daughters, parents, and friends who deserve our love, kindness, and respect. Transgender Day of Remembrance gives us an opportunity to think about and honor the victims of violence rooted in hate.”
Several events commemorating this day occurred on Nov. 20 and 23 in Baltimore.