Vigil To Honor Murdered Trans Women Hopes To Find Political Allies

brandyA vigil and “call for peace” to honor the black and Latina trans* women murdered this year is being held this Saturday in Washington, D.C., hoping to raise awareness to what organizers call an ongoing epidemic. It’s a subject we’ve had the misfortune of reporting on far too often.

From 4-5:30 p.m., members of the community and allies will gather Outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the event called Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter, paying respects to those lost but also unifying against the horrific string of senseless violence that goes largely unnoticed in the national media.

Event organizer Ashley Love (far left in photo), an activist and journalist, said in a statement posted on the site:

All too often the media ignores or belittles the epidemic of violence against Black women in the United States, even more so when the victims are women of transsexual or transgender experience. Most elected officials are reluctant to publicly join the trans* community’s plea for justice.

…We hold this vigil outside the CBC Conference not to be confrontational, but so that those who we elected to serve and protect us may feel more comfortable, and inclined, to join us in honoring our fallen and in a Prayer for Peace to end the hate crimes against Black and Latina women in the trans* communities.

For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page.