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Community gathers to mark Trans Awareness Week


During a moving and uplifting candlelit ceremony, dozens of people from across Bucks County and beyond met to remember and honor the trans community.

Despite the chilly temperatures and fierce wind, more than 50 people gathered in front of the former Bucks County Courthouse Nov. 16 to mark Trans Awareness Week. Through song, the raising of the trans flag and the reading of names of trans people across the country who lost their lives to violence, the annual event was both a testament to the resilience of the trans community and a touching remembrance of its strength and beauty, said organizers.

“I came last year, said Eva Houlton, a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School. “I think it really matters to stand in solidarity of the trans community…to stand together and show support and remember those who’ve been lost.”

As chimes rang through the night air, Marlene Pray, founder and director of the Rainbow Room, told the crowd, “While we grieve we also proudly celebrate their lives, resilience and their liberation.”