SPOKANE, Wash. -- The city of Spokane declared November 27 as Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the transgender lives lost to violence across the nation.
Ian Sullivan is the director of the Odyssey Youth Center in Spokane, a place for LGBTQ+ youth to relax, do activities and learn more about their community.
"If they are not comfortable to talk to parents or what have you, it's a way of feeling like themselves," Sullivan said.
Sullivan said a city day of remembrance is a step in the right direction for Spokane.
"Yes this is a great community to live in, but it's not 100 percent awesome for everybody. Transgender Day of Remembrance, for a lot of folks, can be a pretty somber day as well since it is recognizing the violence and murder against our trans-siblings and our trans-loved ones, it can be pretty emotional for a lot of folks, but I think also really important because it brings attention to that violence and to what is going on," said Sullivan.
A proclamation will be presented to the Eastern Washington University Pride Center at Spokane City Hall on Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Sullivan said many from the local LGBTQ+ community will be there in support and also to read the names of the transgender lives lost to violence out loud.