Those attending should meet at St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Senior Center, 330 5th St. N.
A candlelight procession will leave from the center and end at the steps of City Hall, 175
5th St. N., where a memorial will be held.
�Several guests of honor, including members of the transgender community, its allies and local leaders, will speak at the event.
Candles will be provided, but please bring your own if possible.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender activist Gwendolyn Ann
Smith as a way to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil celebrated the lives of all transgender people who lost their lives to violence that year. The Transgender Day of Remembrance has grown into an annual nationwide memorial for the transgender community.
“This is a day to remember, memorialize and honor those within the transgender community who have lost their lives due to hate and bigotry,” said Tristan Byrnes, a local gender therapist and one of the vigil’s organizers. “It’s a day to bring together the transgender community and its allies to bring awareness to this important cause and to end the needless loss of life.”
Andrew Citino, owner of 6S Boutique and an organizer of the vigil, added, “This is a time to honor the lives lead by amazing human beings and to bring awareness to the unfortunate hate that surrounds us, as well as the love and support that there is for trans people.”