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November 20, 2018

County Commissioners Proclaim National Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov. 20 is declared Transgender Day of Remembrance in Boulder County

(Boulder County, Colo.) -- The Board of County Commissioners have adopted Resolution 2018-128 in support of transgender members of the community and in remembrance of trans individuals lost to violence.


Whereas, November 13 to November 20 is a week of annual celebration of the transgender community to raise awareness, educate allies, and commemorate those in the community who currently face or have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence; and

Whereas, the transgender community continues to face biased violence that has resulted in at least 22 murders in the United States so far this year; and

Whereas, the victims of this violence are disproportionately trans women of color, black trans women in particular, which demonstrates the compounding effects of transphobia, racism, and sexism; and

Whereas, transgender individuals are children, siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles, friends, partners, and community leaders;

Whereas, recognizing and protecting the humanity of transgender individuals, on a personal, local, state, and federal level, is crucial to ending this violence;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the week of November 13 to November 20 be declared TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK culminating in the TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE on November 20 in Boulder County.

Signed by:

The Board of County Commissioners
of Boulder County
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

In their remarks, the Board of County Commissioners thanked Out Boulder County for its support and help with drafting the resolution. The county commissioners also invited the community to attend tonight's 6 p.m. vigil sponsored by Out Boulder County on the County Courthouse Lawn. More details at:

From Out Boulder County's website:

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors those lives lost due to anti-transgender violence. We will meet at at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse on Pearl Street in Boulder to begin the ceremony and hear from speakers. Then we will walk silently together to the First United Methodist Church labyrinth for the reading of names. Attendees will have time to walk the labyrinth after the names are read.

Invitation to Nov. 20 6 p.m. Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil