Atlanta to hold vigil for transgender victims of crimes Wednesday

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ATLANTA (AP) – The city of Atlanta is planning a vigil to honor transgender people who die in crimes.

Transgender Remembrance Day will be held at Atlanta City Hall on Wednesday night. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it will honor transgender people killed this year by hate crimes, mass murders or while incarcerated.

The vigil will coincide with national events that will also honor transgender people. Speakers will include representatives from the ACLU of Georgia, Georgia Equality and the Trans Housing Atlanta Program.

The Human Rights Campaign says at least 22 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed this year. None of those was in Georgia, but most of the victims were in the South.

Names of the victims will be read at the vigil.

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