NYC LGBT Community Plans Vigil Against Anti-Transgender Violence

GLAAD in partnership with the greater New York City lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will host a vigil to raise visibility around the recent anti-transgender murders and attacks that have taken place in both New York and Washington, D.C. Just last week, Camila Guzman, a transgender Latina woman, was found murdered in her apartment in East Harlem. When: August 11, 2011 6:00 p.m. Where: 170 E. 110th St., between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave in Harlem, Manhattan Why: “Camila Guzman’s murder and the series of violent attacks against transgender women of color in Washington, D.C., highlight the disproportionate impact of severe anti-LGBT violence on transgender people of color. These murders are a wake-up call for all organizations that work to end hate violence. We must work collaboratively to create specific strategies to prevent violence against transgender people of color and to ensure that survivors receive the support they need.” -- Ejeris Dixon, deputy director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, with the New York Anti-Violence Project. “We deserve respect and increased advocacy to increase opportunities for us.” -- Ruby Teresa Chavez, friend of Camila Guzman. Who: New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Audre Lorde Project, Harlem Pride, LGBT Justice Project/Make the Road NY, Lambda Legal, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, NY Trans Rights Organization, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Powers Initiative, Queer Rising, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, TransCEND Boston of the AIDS Action Committee, NYC LGBT Center, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)