Mayor Adams announces that City Hall and several municipal buildings in Hon

November 20, 2022

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that City Hall and other city buildings will be illuminated blue, pink and white in recognition of Transgender Memorial Day – a global celebration honoring the memory of transgender people whose lives are transgendered died in anti-actions – transgender violence. Mayor Adams also released a video last week to highlight Transgender Memorial Day and life in the transgender community.

“For too long our transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary communities have been ignored, overlooked, marginalized and overshadowed,” he said Mayor Adams. “Transgender people face disproportionate levels of poverty, health challenges and mortality rates, which is why it is vital that our city pauses to remember those we have lost and to strengthen the community as a whole. It’s also important to remember that the lift isn’t passive, it’s active and it’s about showing respect. Today and every day, let us say with one voice to our transgender, gender-nonconforming and non-binary neighbors: In New York City, we see you, we respect you, and we always stand by you.”

“Hate violence has claimed the lives of too many transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people, so let’s shine the lights of this city in memory of the lives lost to anti-transgender bingoism and violence,” he said Fred Kreizman, the Mayor’s Commissioner for Community Affairs. “The City of New York will always stand with our TGNCNB community to ensure everyone is safe and comfortable with who they are.”

In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings will be illuminated in blue, pink and white tonight:

City buildings are illuminated:

  • Bronx County Courthouse
  • The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building in Manhattan
  • Queen’s Borough Hall
  • Staten Island Borough Hall
  • DSNY Spring Street Salt Shed

Transgender Memorial Day was created in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Memorial Day.

The week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance, people and organizers across the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to increase the visibility of transgender people and address issues facing the community.

Mayor Adams today too paid tribute to the victims in Colorado Springs, Colorado who were shot senseless in an attack at an LGBTQ+ nightclub last night.

The Adams administration also released a video in honor of Transgender Awareness Week, detailing the administration’s commitment to making New York City a haven for transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary (TGNCNB) people, which is reflected in The investments announced by the Adams reflect administration to support TGNCNB-led nonprofits, legal services and support for homeless youth.

For more information on New York City’s protections against discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, visit the NYC Human Rights website.