Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil held in MoorheadMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Many of the pews were filled at a local church this evening, to remember 71 people killed this year alone.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Many of the pews were filled at a local church this evening, to remember 71 people killed this year alone.
More than fifty people took part in the 15th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The display tonight, one of unity.
Many people in the audience wiping tears from their eyes as their peers read the names of the 71 deaths.
An emotional tribute - reminding NON-transgender people that everyone is someone's son or daughter.
"We're just like everybody else, we're just people."
A straightforward, simple statement.
"To explore that other side of me. Why was I being confined to a male only role?"
For more than a decade Dee DuShane has been an activist for trans-people in the FM area.
Dee Dushane/Tri State Transgender: "I express my gender other than the way I was born and that offends some people."
She says she knew at a young age, something with her gender didn't ring true.
"I'm standing here and I'm telling you that I'm not a man, but I'm also telling you I'm not a woman, so where does that leave me?"
Often times, it can leave trans-people feeling unloved or unwanted. Even here, in the F-M area.
"There has been a number of transgender deaths in this area - most of them have been suicide."
As each one of these candles is lit - it forms a glowing unity... No matter your sexual orientation.
Jared Kellerman/Transgender Ally: "I come as an ally to learn, I come to support my friends, just being an affirming person."
If you're interested in learning more about Tri State Transgender - a social and support group for transpeople and their allies.
You can head to wday.com where we've set up a link to their page.