On Saturday, November 20, Richmond’s LGBT community observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a series of two events. The first – a tree planting ceremony at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. The second – an evening vigil at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
At the morning’s tree planting, Tammy Hawley, Press Secretary to the Mayor, presented a proclamation on behalf of Dwight Jones. Watch the video below.
WHEREAS, transgender people are victims of violence out of proportion to their numbers; and
WHEREAS, violence against transgender people often results in death; and
WHEREAS, We are a people with deep beliefs in tolerance, and we believe in a peaceful society; and
WHEREAS, it is important to remember those transgender people who have been the vicitms of violence or murder; and
WHEREAS, the planting of a tree serves as a permanent reminder that we must band together to prevent anyone from being the victim of hate-motivated violence;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia, do herby proclaim November 20, 2010 as
“TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE”
in the City of Richmond and encourage all residents of our great city to join together in promoting tolerance, understanding, compassion, and acceptance of the diversity of any individual or group of individuals.
Photo: Hawley; Jay Squires, president, Gay Community Center of Richmond; Jo Ellen Gaines, PFLAG Richmond coordinator