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Michigan Civil Rights Leaders Honor Transgender Lives Lost on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Lansing, MI -- The Michigan Department of Civil Rights recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the lives lost in acts of anti-trans violence. As of November, the year 2021 has been the most violent for transgender and nonbinary people on record, according to the Human Rights Campaign, with at least 47 lives lost in acts of trans violence in the United States this year alone.

"Saturday, November 20 is a day set aside to remember and honor the victims of transgender hate," said John E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. "It is a solemn day of reflection and introspection, a day to recommit ourselves to strive for a more equitable society, where a person is free to be themselves without the fear of violence for nothing more than expressing their individuality and embracing their true identity. It is vital that as a state and nation we move beyond judgement and hate and lean into our capacity for acceptance and affirmation."

"Today, as Transgender Awareness Week comes to a close, we prepare for tomorrow, November 20th-the Transgender Day of Remembrance-when the LGBTQ community and our allies come together in grief and love to collectively mourn and honor trans loved ones whose lives were taken in hate-fueled violence and fear during the previous year," said Cynthia L. Thornton, MDCR's LGBTQ Liaison. "We note that women of color are targeted predominately and that their deaths are tragedies occurring at an increasing rate for simply being who they are-reportedly 375 murdered worldwide this year alone, the highest since records of these killings have been kept. Michigan is a welcoming state open to all, and we will continue our efforts to secure and enforce the rights of the transgender community so they can live their lives fully, openly, and in safety."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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