Reading Pride Celebration will commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a ceremony at the All Souls Church 640 Centre Avenue in Reading on November 20, 2023, at 6:30 PM to honor the memory of 62 transgender and non-binary people killed in the United States this year.
“On Monday, we will remember our transgender siblings lost this past year to violence. These acts rooted in transphobia, hatred, and a refusal to accept our siblings as who they were meant to be, must stop,” said Enrique Castro Jr, RPC Executive Director.
“As a community, we stand in solidarity with our transgender siblings and aim to raise awareness of the struggles of being transgender in this world. We grieve those lost and remember and celebrate their lives. We do this every year in hopes that one day soon, we will enjoy a community of acceptance, love, and tolerance. A community where hate, transphobia, homophobia & racism become things of a distant past and are replaced with love. I hope that one day soon, we will be able to replace these memorial ceremonies with celebrating a world where we can be who we are, free of hatred & intolerance.”
According to the Trans Lives Matter organization, 62 transgender and non-binary people have lost their lives to violence from November 20, 2022, to November 15, 2023, in the US. World Wide, the number of victims rises to 372.
For more information about the event, please visit readingpridecelebration.org.