Rodrigo Mendez performing at the open mic, Velvet Lenore emceeing; Photo courtesy of Wanesco Images
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Palm Beach Opera performing with Compass Youth, Photo courtesy of Wanesco Images
Ryanmarie Rice, Chief of Staff Transcendence, Compass’ Transgender Youth Group, invited Palm Beach County Gender Support to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed annually on November 20, 2015. The evening included a candlelight vigil and calling of the names of the 22+ Transgender individuals who were murdered in acts of antitransgender violence in the last year alone. Following a moment of silence, Jamie of Transcendence Youth Group joined Palm Beach Opera in a moving performance from the opera, As One, written by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell. The piece, “Out of Nowhere”, explores personal and global violence against Transgender individuals. Emcee, Velvet Lenore, opened the stage for poetry, storytelling, music, empowerment, and healing. It was a powerful evening, attended by more than 100 Trans community members and their allies. “Love yourself. The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself. If you have that, nothing else matters,” Velvet urged the crowd, inspiring once-bystanders to take the stage and share their truth. PBC Gender Support performing a play by Mildred Smith; Photo courtesy of Wanesco Images.
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