Nonprofit observes Transgender Day of Remembrance throughout Brooklyn

The nonprofit Black Trans Nation held a daylong event in Brooklyn Sunday by giving back and standing together as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
It's a day in which people around the world memorialize those who have been senselessly killed as a result of transphobia.
Black Trans Nation started the day over in Prospect Park for a community cleanup and they ended it at the Nostrand Avenue Pub in Crown Heights.
It was there where they held a vigil for all the transgender people who were killed over the last year. They also shared a Thanksgiving meal.
This year's Transgender Day of Remembrance happened as 32 transgender and gender nonconforming individuals were killed in 2022 as a result of hate and transphobia, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Black Trans Nation said the average life expectancy of a Black transgender person in the United States is just 35 years old, which is why they say they have made it their duty to destroy stereotypes, promote love and acceptance and to never forgot all those who were killed.
On Sunday night, participants took turns sharing heart felt words of compassion and released balloons in remembrance of those who were killed.
Assembly Member Monique Chandler Waterman was also present at the event.
Members of Black Trans Nation reminded New Yorkers of the importance of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
They said it is important to remember the lives lost as the world continues to see acts of hate against the LGBTQ+ community each and every day.
This year's Transgender Day of Remembrance also happened in the aftermath of a shooting in Colorado Springs in which five people were killed at an LGBTQ+ night club.