2020 Democrats mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

2020 Democrats mark Transgender Day of Remembrance

Multiple Democratic presidential candidates tweeted in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday.

Among those to tweet were former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE (I-Vt.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Bloomberg qualifies for South Carolina primary debate MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe CNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor How the media fall in and out of love with candidates MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll 2020 Democratic candidates support Las Vegas casino workers on debate day What to watch in the debate tonight MORE.

Several of the candidates referenced the fact that 22 transgender Americans have been killed this year.

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Castro stated that "91% of murdered transgender people are Black trans women," and "34% of Black trans women live in extreme poverty."

"Hateful acts of anti-trans violence have claimed far too many lives—many whose names we’ll never know," Booker said in his tweet.

"Today we honor them," he continued. "To those who continue to face discrimination & violence due to transphobia: I see you, I love you, & will never stop fighting for you."

Transgender Day of Remembrance was first observed in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor Rita Hester who was killed in 1998. The day is the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week.