Maine’s Transgender Community will observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Monument Square in Portland, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Eastport Hall on the Umaine Augusta Campus in Bangor .

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was created to raise awareness about the high rates of murder and violence faced by transgender people in the U.S. and globally.

This year’s vigil will feature speeches from local transgender community members about the impact and meaning of the remembrance, as well as their own personal experiences of violence in Maine. Throughout, volunteers will read the complete list of names of those lost, concluding with a powerful moment of silence.

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