Photo Friday: 2014 International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Washington, DC USA

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

DC is surrounded by angels today, angels who never had a chance to say goodbye to many of us but thru their unique lives and loved shared while they were here, live in our hearts everyday.At Casa Ruby, 7 Trans women(mostly women of color) and many volunteers, honor their lives everyday by taking care of those who are still here, the young Transgenders who are homeless, the sex workers that are looking for a job, the elderly who want to be in a family setting, We all come together 6 days a week to make all of our lives a little better in a place we call HOME. – Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC)

Health care has an important role to play, not just in providing the necessary medicines and care so that people can achieve their life goals, also as allies, changing our society to normalize all forms of gender expression. Once upon a time, all LGBTQ people were forgotten by society. Now it is great to be present with community leaders and Metropolitan Police Department, and celebrate new opportunities for the LGBTQ community to live.

Friends & Family, It’s A Reality!! We Will Be Opening Casa Ruby Homeless LGBT Youth House. Today, I Embark on one of the biggest challenges of my life, Opening a 12 Bed Fully Equipped Home For LGBT Homeless Youth In Washington, DC. – Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC)

Statement from the White House on International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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