San Mateo County Raises Transgender Flag To Mark Day of Remembrance

Keith Menconi
November 20, 2019 - 5:12 pm
San Mateo County Raises Transgender Flag to Mark Day of Remembrance

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For the first time ever, San Mateo County has raised the transgender flag in front of the County Center as part of a day of commemorative events that marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“By raising the flag, we’re telling everyone that we see you. We accept you. We want you to thrive,” San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine said at a brief flag-raising ceremony Wednesday.

Andres Loyola, a coordinator with the San Mateo County PRIDE Center, who identifies as transgender, said the pink, blue and white transgender flag carries a lot of meaning with it. 

“When I see the trans flag, what that says to me, is that I’m part of something,” she said. “That I’m not this other.”

There was a somber side to the morning event though. 

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, marked around the world, memorializes transgender people who have lost their lives to violence. 

“We are reconnecting with people who were murdered just for being alive,” as one person put it. 

The Human Rights Campaign estimates that at least 22 trans and gender non-conforming people have been killed nationally in 2019.