The U.S. Department of Labor is officially observing Nov. 20 as “The Transgender Day of Remembrance."
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance [TDOR] will be commemorated in cities and countries around the world today, reflecting on those who have died as a result of fear, hate and transphobia,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a statement on Tuesday.
"I stand proudly today–and every day–as an ally to the transgender community and to every person and family impacted by anti-transgender bullying and violence,” she said. “Transgender people are part of the diversity that America celebrates today and they, like every American, deserve to live without fear of prejudice or violence.”
“I hope that this year’s commemoration will serve as an opportunity to shine a brighter light on both progress made and the challenges ahead," Solis said.