4th annual Transgiving takes place amid epidemic of violence against transgender, gender non-conforming people

Data pix.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- The 4th annual Transgiving took place amid a year of intensifying violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people.

"It’s still very conditional. They are comfortable within the four walls of our home, but in a community setting, they’ve still yet to come to recognize me as Anjali. And the preferred life I like to live,” said Anjali Rimi who is a transgender woman.

Rimi says it’s important for everyone to belong and spaces like Transgiving help with that.

"I wanted to be around family, and I was alone in my apartment. And I was crying," transgender activist Ebony Ava Harper told FOX40.

According to the latest annual report by the Human Rights Campaign, there were 22 killings by November 18 and 91% of the people killed identified as black women.

One of the women killed in Texas, Muhlaysia Booker, was honored with a vigil in Sacramento. The vigil was in May and took place near a mural of another murdered transgender woman, Chyna Gibson.

Gibson was a performer from Sacramento who was killed in New Orleans in 2017.

"We live in a world hostile to our existence," Harper said. "It doesn't take much to have compassion for somebody else's existence."

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.