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FERNDALE – A somber yet determined group of LGBT people and their supporters met at Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit in Ferndale on Nov. 17 for the Day of Remembrance Ceremony, an annual ritual to honor the memories of trans persons who have been victims of violence. Craig Covey of the Ferndale City Council welcomed the crowd of about 75 people, saying that LGBT people had always been welcome in Ferndale, “but now it’s good to say it with the body of law behind us,” referring to the recent passage of a comprehensive human rights ordinance in Ferndale.
Julia Marsh,19, (left) was awarded a $300 scholarship in recognition of her strength and courage in being an openly trans person. Affirmations Youth Services Coordinator Laura Sorensen presented the award.
Hosting the event were Rachel Crandall of Transgender Michigan and Michelle Fox-Phillips of Transgender Detroit. Fox-Phillips read a moving poem “Serenity,” composed by her late partner, Jamie Phillips-Fox, who died earlier this year.