The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States


Transgender Remembrance Day

Key West Mayor Teri Johnston kicked off her first City Commission meeting by proclaiming November 20th as Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance honoring the memory of those who lost their lives due to violence and injustice because of their transgender identity.

“Key West has always led the way when it comes to acceptance and inclusion of our LGBT community,” reads the proclamation, “to create a safer environment away from discrimination, prejudice and brutality.

“This day is an opportunity to educate and inform the public on the challenges our Transgender brothers and sisters still face when going about their day to day lives and the violent acts committed against them, particularly against transgender women of color.”

The proclamation reminds the community that Key West is committed to ending hate crimes and ensuring dignity, equality and justice to all.

Edie Hambright, accepting the proclamation, noted that more and more communities are recognizing this day of remembrance and making transgender citizens feel safer.

“All of us count,” she said.


In the photo: Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, Edie Hambright and Larry Blackburn.