Friday is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and West Hollywood is observing the day with an event Friday night at its main public library, as well as a candlelight march.
West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath said the events are about changing hearts and minds.
"These victims are members of our community, but they're also members of our family. They're sisters, daughters, advocates, people of faith, students and friends. And you know, the LGBT community has long counted on our non-LGBT allies to stand beside them in the fight for equality," Horvath said.
Horvath said that nationwide, 2015 has seen more transgendered homicide victims than any other year on record. There have been 21 deaths recorded so far — nearly all of them were transgendered women of color.
Members from the community were set to give speeches and read the names of transgender people killed in hate crimes, beginning at 6 p.m. The candlelight march was scheduled for 8 p.m.