Dozens gathered in Northampton as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Hampshire County

The day is recognized by cities and towns across the globe, and brings people together to remember the lives of transgender individuals who have lost their lives to violence.

The group remembered Christa Steele-Knudslien, a transgender woman who was part of the Northampton community. She was killed in North Adams at the beginning of 2018.

According to a study released last week by the FBI, hate crimes against the LGBTQ community are on the rise, On November 8th, Massachusetts voters became the first in the nation to uphold protections for the transgender community.

Rachel Carkhuff of Amherst told 22News, “It’s about the violence, from the large physical attacks of violence from the large physical violent attacks we see to the small micro-aggressions like that that we need to stand against and end.”

The group gathered at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on Main Street, and marched through downtown. 

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