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SLC Mayor Mendenhall on Transgender Day of Remembrance: “Our city is here for you”


Friday marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day dedicated to remembering those who have been murdered due to transphobia.

In Salt Salt Lake City, 320 flags have been placed outside the Salt Lake City and County Building, each bearing the name and biography of a transgender person who has lost their life in the past year.

The exhibit is part of several events taking place in the city, including a Transgender Day of Remembrance program that takes place at the Capitol Rotunda and a memorial service and candlelight vigil scheduled for Saturday night among the flags in Salt. Lake City and County Building.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for us to reflect on the beautiful lives we have lost to transphobia and reaffirm our commitment to fight hate and protect trans lives,” said Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City. tweeted. “To our SLC transgender community, I see you, I love you and our city is here for you.”

President Joe Biden also issued a statement Friday, urging the Senate to pass the equality law so that “everyone can live free from fear and discrimination”.

“This year, at least 46 transgender people in this country – and hundreds more around the world – have been killed in horrific acts of violence,” the statement said. “Each of those lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice and joy. Today on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost during the year. deadliest on record for transgender Americans, as well as countless other transgender people – disproportionately black and brown transgender women and girls – who face brutal violence, discrimination and harassment. “

He said transgender people still live in fear and face systemic barriers to freedom and equality, and he highlighted what he called the “worrying proliferation of discriminatory state laws” that has been enacted across the country and targets transgender people.

Utah lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would regulate the participation of transgender athletes in high school sports, despite the Utah High School Activities Association have no records of transgender children playing on any team.

According to a study from the UCLA School of Law Williams Institute, transgender people are more than four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violence.

“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know,” Biden said. “But no one should have to be brave just to live in safety and with dignity. Today we remember. Tomorrow – and every day – we must keep taking action.”

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