Today, Remembrance. Tomorrow, Action.

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honors transgender people lost to violence. This year alone, our community has lost no fewer than 22 transgender people in the U.S., most of whom Black transgender women. The true number is likely greater, as these stories often go misreported or not reported at all.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
This senseless violence often emerges at the intersection of deeply harmful systems, such as racism, sexism, and transphobia. These systems not only create barriers to employment, housing, healthcare, and other fundamental needs – which our recent SF Bay Area LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment makes clear – but also embolden perpetrators of violence, especially in our current political climate.

Today is a day of remembrance – a solemn moment to reflect on what our community has lost. But let tomorrow, and all days that follow, be days of action. We must continue working toward a world where transgender folks, especially trans women of color, live freely and fully.

Philanthropy can play an important role in advancing this world. That’s why, earlier this year, Horizons signed the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Pledge, formalizing our ongoing commitment to increase our support for trans communities through our grantmaking and beyond. Our grantee partners include a number of trans-focused organizations in the SF Bay Area, such as:Please, take today to remember the lives lost, but then take tomorrow to support these critical community organizations.