SAN ANTONIO -- Trans Day of Remembrance was recognized throughout the country Wednesday. The day honors and remembers those who have died due to anti-transgender violence.
- Hundreds gathered at Travis Park Church
- Event held by San Antonio Gender Association
- More than 300 trans women and men have died this year
To commemorate the day, hundreds gathered at Travis Park Church Wednesday evening to remember Texans who lost their lives due to anti-transgender aggression.
It is the sixth year the San Antonio Gender Association has held an event to honor those whose lives have been cut short.
"It’s dangerous to be trans," said Aneese Jones, president of San Antonio Gender Association. "All we want is the same thing everyone wants--to live, to love, to pursue our dreams, to have friends."
More than 300 trans women and men have died so far this year around the world, with 30 deaths coming from the U.S.
Part of the memorial service included a candlelight vigil outside, speakers and the reading of the victims’ names.
"All lives are sacred," said Gavin Rogers, a pastor at Travis Park Church. "Every time we read this name, that is a human life, a person that is loved by God and created by God."
Nearly three years ago, one of victims, Kenny McFadden, died after being pushed into the River Walk by her alleged boyfriend. Her death was ruled a homicide.