Amanda Simpson at MCC DC: Transgender Day of Rememberance 2010
(Photo by Dylan Comstock)
On Thursday, Nov. 18, District and area residents gathered for the Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington. The annual event, marking a time to remember transgender victims of crime -- including several murders that have gone unsolved -- brought together more than a hundred community members on Thursday evening.
This year's keynote speaker was Amanda Simpson, a senior technical advisor in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the first trans-identified woman to receive a presidential appointment. She spoke out against transphobia and its consequences -- whether coming from a comedian like David Letterman or from the gay community.