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Photo Gallery: Lights in the Dark

Out MOV hosted a candlelight vigil Wednesday at Bicentennial Park in Parkersburg as part of the 20th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event honored those lost to anti-transgender violence in the U.S. in 2019. Local transgender and non-binary people took this time to share their own stories with other gathered community members. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in her native Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. In 1999, one year after Rita’s murder, advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith coordinated a vigil in Rita’s honor. The vigil commemorated not only Rita, but all who were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
Peshka Calloway reads off the names of the 22 transgender Americans who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence in 2019, while Donna Statts lights candles in their memory at Bicentennial Park in Parkersburg Wednesday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)
Out MOV hosted a candlelight vigil Wednesday in Bicentennial Park in Parkersburg as part of the 20th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The event honored those lost to anti-transgender violence in the U.S. in 2019. Local transgender and non-binary people took this time to share their own stories with other gathered community members. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed each year in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in her native Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. In 1999, one year after Rita’s murder, advocate and writer Gwendolyn Ann Smith coordinated a vigil in Rita’s honor. The vigil commemorated not only Rita, but all who were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

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