Every year, November 20 marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the annual observance to memorialize the lives of transgender people everywhere who were killed in acts of transphobic violence. And in 2020, trans stars Peppermint, Mila Jam and Deja "The Lady Deja Davenport" Smith are here to remind you of that fact.
On Friday (Nov. 20), NMAC (formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council) released a new video titled "But ... I Survived," a PSA aimed at raising awareness for the violence still faced by transgender people around the world. Throughout the video, Peppermint, Jam and Smith all appear, going about their days as Sia's 2015 single "Alive" plays in the background.
Eventually, each of the women in the video find photographs of one of the more than 30 transgender people killed in the United States in 2020, before deciding to stand up and mourn their loss. More actors appear throughout the video to show more photographs, before eventually all three stars wind up together, wrapped in a transgender flag, urging those watching to "resist."