City leaders stand with LGTBQ+ community on Transgender Remembrance Day

City officials showed solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community Friday to commemorate Transgender Remembrance Day, during a year that has seen a record high number of transgender and gender non-conforming people killed.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, 37 trans and gender non-conforming people were killed nationwide in 2020. More than half of those killed were Black trans women, a startling number that the head of the nonprofit Brooklyn Ghost Project says has shaken the community.
Typically, on Transgender Remembrance Day, organizations and advocates hold vigils and ceremonies for loved ones. But the pandemic changed those plans.
Public advocate Jumaane Williams addressed the need to fight anti-trans violence. During a virtual panel, he discussed what he's seen from the city as far as help with issues surrounding the transgender community.
"I haven't seen many plans specific to the trans community. We've had to battle to end solitary for everyone in places like Rikers and across the state, and we focused on the trans community and what's happening there," he said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the "first-ever" gender identity tool kit for all state agencies, which the governor says will serve as a key training resource for state employees to provide non-discriminatory services to transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers.