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Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on Nov. 20 and honors those in the transgender community who have died due to the effects of anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The day was founded in 1999 by advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to pay respects to Rita Hester, a Black transwoman who was brutally murdered, according to GLAAD.
Ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Hearst Connecticut Media Group spoke to several individuals and organizations that have been working to turn Connecticut into a place where members of the transgender community are supported, given access to the services and safety they need and celebrated for who they are.