There were over 221 candles at the Transgender Remembrance Day ceremony on the piazza. 221 representing the number of transgender murders in the last 12 months; and also to remember the deaths that were never reported. There were murders in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, although South America (especially Brazil) has a higher rate of transgender murder than South-East Asia.
Today a girl attended the ceremony with her family. She can’t be over 14, and I’d probably place her closer to 12. Her mother was talking about how they’ve known about her since she was about 2 1/2 - 3. She picked the name Avril for herself, after Avril Lavigne.