November 20, 2018 marks the 19th Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the life of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered. On this day, we honor and mourn all of the lives that have been taken from our community due to the hatred of others. In the face of current political climates everywhere, not just the U.S, it is vital for us to remember those who have been lost and to continue to fight for justice. They cannot erase us. We have the right to exist. We have the right to live. It is crucial to stand strong right now. This is also a day to celebrate the strength, resilience, and existence of those who are still here, especially black transgender women. The people who have persevered under physical and emotional duress, who are thriving and existing, despite or in spite of the hatred of those who don’t want them to. We must continue to fight and live to show those who don’t want us to that they cannot stop us. If you are cisgender, make sure to support your transgender friends and family, actively educate yourself and others, and advocate for trans people- even in small instances like someone misgendering a celebrity. To honor and respect the ones who have been lost, we must love and protect the ones who are still here.