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Small group gather in Hillcrest for candlelight vigil honoring trans lives

It’s estimated that nearly 100 people gathered at the Pride flag on University Avenue and Normal Street on Thursday night to honor the trans lives taken by violence this year.

It was a somber group who joined the Project TRANS at The Center event at 6:30 pm. 

Powerful black trans women were the focus of the evening, including Tracie Jada O’Brien, a hero in the community who has struggled in the past as a transgender youth in San Francisco, but became a powerful voice for LGBT people everywhere.

Eight transgender people have been murdered this year with a rash of killings in Louisiana in February.

Attendees gathered beneath the flag pole with candles in hand in remembrance of those lives  lost in 2017.

Here is a list of those killed since January:

Mesha Caldwell – Mississippi (January 4), 41 years old

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls (January 7), 28 years old

Sean Hake – Sharon, Pennsylvania (January 6), 23 years old

JoJo Striker – Toledo, Ohio (February 8), 23 years old

KeKe Collier – Chicago (February 21), 24 years old

Chyna Gibson – New Orleans (February 25), 31 years old

 Ciara McElveen, – New Orleans (February 27) 21 years old

Jaquarrius Holland, New Orleans (February 19) 18 years old

For more information about the vigil click HERE.

About Project TRANS at The Center:

Project T.R.A.N.S. (Transgender Resources, Advocacy, Networking Services) is a program of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center is located at 3909 Centre St, San Diego, 92103.