Honoring lives lost to gender-related violence

transgender-vigil

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Indiana State University community comes together to honor victims of hate crimes.

Thousands of people who identify as transgender have been killed in 2016. That’s according to Elonda Ervin, the Executive Director of Multicultural services and Programs at ISU.

Thursday evening, there was a candlelight vigil for the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The annual observance honors the lives of people killed in anti-transgender violence.

Participants hope to express love and respect for all people in the face of recent national events. “It’s important because you can’t a community that’s voiceless, that has no power. They don’t necessarily need an ally. They need a channel. So, if we start these conversations, and make aware this is a problem in the U.S. and other countries,” said Ervin.

Nationally, the Day of Remembrance is held on November 20th.

Students can find resources on campus at the LGBT Resource Center.