Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year SisTers is commemorating virtually and have contracted with Lamar Advertising to display billboards at four different locations across the Pittsburgh region.
The billboards share messages like "Trans Families Matter" and "There Are Black Trans People In The Future." Billboards are located in Downtown at intersection of Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies, on I-376 between the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and the Turnpike, and on Homestead Grays Bridge heading into Homestead.
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, at least 37 trans people have been lost to anti-trans violence this year in the U.S. and its territories. This is a significant increase of deaths compared to the annual total of 2019, and is more than the annual total of 2018.
SisTers wants to increase awareness of Transgender Day of Remembrance this year, which has been especially hard on the trans community. The group is honoring the deaths of Elisha Stanley and Alliyah Johnson.
"As Pittsburgh's leading black transLED nonprofit organization we are honored to lead this movement of remembrance as we know personally how hard it has been losing our trans communities of color around the country, state, and within our own city Pittsburgh," states a post Facebook post from SisTers.