West Hollywood will hold its annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event at 6 p.m. on Friday at the auto court of the West Hollywood Library.
The outdoor reception, hosted by the city’s Transgender Advisory Board, will include speakers from the community and city representatives, and will conclude with the reading of the names of transgender people who have died due to transgender hate crimes. There will be a candlelight march at 8 p.m.
The auto court is at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. Attendance is free, and validated parking will be available at the five-story parking garage on El Tovar.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed all across the world on Nov. 20 to honor and memorialize those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. It also helps to raise public awareness about ongoing hate crimes against the transgender community. Throughout the month of November, West Hollywood City Hall is lit in the colors of the transgender flag — light blue, pink, and white — in recognition of Transgender Awareness Month.
The city’s Transgender Advisory Board, created in 2009, is comprised of nine members. The board addresses matters relating to advocacy on behalf of transgender rights such as education, community awareness and empowerment and makes recommendations to the City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency.