The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board, each year, recognize Transgender Awareness Month with events and programming. The City’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be held today – Monday, November 20, 2017.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance program will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Early Education, located at 563 N. Alfred Street. The event will include City representatives and speakers from the community. There will be a ceremonial blessing, a performance piece, poetry, and a musical selection. The event will conclude with the reading of the names of transgender people who have died as a result of transgender hate crimes. A march will immediately follow the program.
Attendance is free and open to everyone. Limited free onsite parking will be available. The West Hollywood Park five-story parking structure, located about a half-mile away at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, will be available for overflow parking to attendees who wish to park and walk.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed throughout the world on November 20. The day serves to honor and memorialize people 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, in addition to a series of special programming, 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 of West Hollywood has a deep commitment to working with people in the transgender community and to partnering with numerous organizations that provide services to people in the transgender community. 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 West Hollywood City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency.