More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Featured on National Spanish-Language Television
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, on November 20, Univision's highly-rated news program Primer Impacto aired a segment to educate its viewers on the violence and discrimination transgender people face around the world, and to remember the lives lost to anti-transgender violence.
Notably the segment also highlighted positive stories of transgender people succeeding despite adversity, as well as the diversity within the transgender community.
Among those featured was Arianna Inurritegui-Lint, an Orlando-based transgender Peruvian immigrant who is the East Coast Coordinator for the TransLatina Coalition, and a graduate of GLAAD's People of Color Media Institute. In the interview, Arianna shared her own story and the loss of her best friend and roommate Angie Sam, who was killed because she was transgender. Also featured was Jessica Lam, a nationally-recognized Miami-based Cuban-American transgender advocate . Both women were present at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami's service for Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Primer Impacto is, according to Variety, “one of the highest-rated daily news shows Stateside and in a dozen Latin American countries," ensuring that the message of acceptance and respect for transgender people in the segment reached millions of people.
Also in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Huffington Post Voces published a piece by Dante Alencastre, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and advocate, speaking about his journey to becoming an ally to the transgender community.