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UNF hosts Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony was held Wednesday at the University of North Florida.

The event started at 7 p.m. in Osprey Plaza. The UNF LGBT Resource Center, along with the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, hosted the ceremony.

The event was expected to feature a keynote address, a candlelight vigil, hot cocoa and a celebration of life.

“In 2016 alone, 23 people lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence, making it the most deadly year on record,” said Jake Moore, program coordinator for UNF’s LGBT Resource Center. “Enough is enough. It is time that we put an end to this senseless violence and work to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

The public was welcome to attend.

Model, business owner and law student Dezjorn Gauthier gave a speech called, “Visibility contradiction: Why trans people are dying in an age of celebrity.”