L.A.’s Day of the Dead Honors Trans Victims and Survivors

Photo: Angela Rosas. For this year’s Dia De Los Muertos, L.A.’s Trans Latin@ Coalition honored the trans members of its community who have died at the hands of violence

On any given year, L.A.’s Day of the Dead celebration is just that: A wild celebration of life and a colorful, vibrant exploration of what lies beyond the pale. This year, the Hollywood Forever-hosted event took a more somber tone, as L.A.’s Trans Latin@ Coalition took the time to host a vigil for all the trans lives the L.A. community has lost to violence over the years.

- Advertisement -

The annual celebration, involving elaborate makeup and Latinx and Chicanx-infused traditions, includes a number of altars set up by the community to honor the dead. The altars are judged at the end of the celebration, with the best altr categories being divided into “traditional,” “creative,” and “event themed.” To pay tribute to the 21 trans lives lost so far in 2017 to violence all over the country, and with a special focus on the loss of trans community members here in Los Angeles, the Trans Latin@ Coalition’s altar sought to call to attention the struggles that trans individuals must face even in the most liberal pockets of America when it comes to job security, home safety, and health care.

The altar also featured images of transgender Angelenos who are still living, thriving, and giving back to the community. It is, after all, a celebration of life and death.

As a traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1, after the Halloween festivities have ended. Here in L.A., community altars are set up the weekend before Halloween to tie the two festivals together, giving Angelenos a way to celebrate, honor, and respect the recently passed.



  1. Hello there, I found your site via Google while looking for a related topic, your website came up, it looks good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  2. I not to mention my pals came following the good procedures found on the blog and then the sudden developed an awful feeling I had not expressed respect to the blog owner for those strategies. My young boys were definitely totally warmed to read them and now have clearly been enjoying these things. Thank you for turning out to be really kind and also for choosing this kind of decent subject areas most people are really desperate to discover. Our own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  3. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

  4. Thank you for every other informative website. The place else may just I am getting that type of info written in such a perfect manner? I have a challenge that I am simply now running on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

  5. Admiring the time and effort you put into your website and comprehensive information you display. It is nice to find a blog now and then that is not the same expired rehashed information. Fantastic read! We’ve bookmarked your blog and I am adding your RSS feeds to my real estate development companies webpage.

  6. I’m really interested to understand just what website platform you’re working with? I’m experiencing a few small safety challenges with my latest website dealing with best movers and packers mumbai and I’d like to find one thing far more safe. Are there any strategies?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here