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First Trans Day of Remembrance cenotaph statue to be unveiled in Palm Springs

Cenotaph sculpture to be unveiled during the Palm Springs Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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Transgender Community Coalition

Something special will be happening on November 20 at the Transgender Community Coalition's (TCC)  annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event at Palm Springs City Hall. This occasion will honor the memory of trans lives lost this past year by unveiling a cenotaph sculpture.

"One out of eight transgender people of color face murder in their lifetime, and one out of 12 Caucasian trans people face murder in their lifetime," says Thomi Clinton, Chief Executive Officer and founder of TCC in Palm Springs.

The non-profit organization commissioned artist Heath Satow to create the life-size sculpture to honor victims of transgender violence. The statue was inspired by the death of a transgender woman, Yaz'min Sanchez, who was shot and burned behind a garbage bin in Florida.

Sanchez's body left a silhouette where her remains were discovered.

Satow, a Los Angeles-based metal artist created the breathtaking sculpture, illustrating a life-size figure; a victim of violence. It's made of steel butterflies (symbolizing metamorphosis or transition), outlining a person lying on their side.

"The sculpture aims to inspire needed conversations aimed at ending discrimination and violence against transgender people in the United States and across the world," TCC said in a press release. 

Guest speakers at this year's event include:

The CEO of TCC, with Gwendolyn Ann Smith, founder of the TDoR; Ian Harvie, transgender comedian and actor from the award-winning TV series Transparent; Ryan Sallans, a transgender author and advocate and Ashlee Marie Preston, Transgender producer, and activist.