Sasha Fleischman, an “agender” high school student whose skirt was set on fire while riding on a bus in Oakland. Police have said homophobia was the motivation for the attack. (Fundly)

Today people in the Bay Area and nationwide will take part in the Transgender Day of Remembrance: a time to promote nonviolence against trans people and increase awareness about the issues they face. Tonight’s event comes as Berkeley teenager Sasha Fleischman recovers from serious burns after an attack that might have been motivated by gender identity.

KQED Public Radio’s morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, talked about the Day of Remembrance and the issues raised in the Oakland attack with Tiffany Woods, the transgender programs managers at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont. (Details on Day of Remembrance events in San Francisco and Oakland are listed below.)

Tonight’s events:

Oakland Transgender Day of Remembrance
Time: 5:15-7:30 p.m.
Place: Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza Amphitheatre

San Francisco Transgender Day of Remembrance
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Place: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St.


Dan Brekke

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