La Crosse LGBTQ center honors Trans Day of Remembrance

 

Trans Day Of Remembrance

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Folks “Chalked the Block” around the Seven Rivers LGBTQ Connection, also known as The Center, on Saturday.

November 20th is the Trans Day of Remembrance.

This day memorializes transgender individuals who have lost their lives to violence.

46 trans people were killed this year in the United States, and 375 deaths were recorded worldwide.

Most of those who died were women, particularly women of color.

At 2:00 p.m., leaders read the names of those lost.

“We’re saying to them: your lives were important to us, your lives are valuable,” said Deb Bassett, the Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for The Center. “Everybody else that is still living has to live under that threat of trying to survive simply because they were living their authentic lives.”

Mayor Mitch Reynolds issued a proclamation today saying November 20th is the Trans Day of Remembrance for the City of La Crosse.

The memorial holiday started in 1999.