Vigil For Black Trans Women & Femmes in Rockford

An overview of eastern downtown Rockford, including the Rock River and the Jefferson Street Bridge. (Photo by Alexbaumgarner through Wikimedia Commons)

ROCKFORD — Rockford Youth Abolitionists are hosting a vigil for Black transgender women and femmes at Rockford’s Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

From the Facebook event page:

The LGBTQIA community is organizing an event to publicly address the killings of those within our community.

Bring a candle and wear your mask

One of the goals of this event is to establish relationships with artists, organizers, or anyone who would like to get involved in creating a permanent mural in Rockford dedicated to the loss of life, beauty, and liberation that’s constantly being taken too soon.

We look to address the different ways the LGBTQIA community is being attacked and how we can move forward in combating the injustice.

The vigil will be on Friday, Aug. 7, starting at 7 p.m.