White House Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance For First Time

Activists smile for the camera. (Courtesy of NCTE)

The White House officially commemorated the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, for the first time ever.

This is the 14th year Trans Day has been observed. It is an international day remembering people lost to transgender discrimination and violence.

Office of Personnel Management director John Berry, a high-ranking out LGBT official, led the activists in a moment of silence honoring victims at the White House. Similar vigils were held across the world.

“To have a senior Administration official like John leading us in commemorating transgender victims of violence is a really good thing” said Mara Keisling, the National Center for Transgender Equality exectuive director. “But to have President Barack Obama’s commitment to solving anti-transgender violence affirmed in today’s meeting is a great thing.”