Transgender Day of Remembrance event to feature breathtaking sculpture

 

PALM SPRINGS — A unique and breathtaking, life-size cenotaph sculpture will be unveiled today at Palm Springs City Hall memorial to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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The spectacular piece is comprised of numerous silver butterflies in the form a person lying in a fetal position.

The idea was inspired by scorched burn marks of murdered transgender woman Yaz’min Sanchez, who was fatally shot and set on fire in 2014 a Florida alley.

The Transgender Community Coalition of Palm Springs commissioned downtown Los Angeles artist Heath Satow to create the poignant sculpture.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith, founder of Transgender Day of Remembrance, will speak at the unveiling.

 

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Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach’s Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper’s history to have a beat covering the city’s vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts’ failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.