SC groups promote transgender awareness

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Some organizations in South Carolina are promoting the awareness of transgender struggles and issues with a series of events across the state.

On Sunday, SC Equality is one of several groups helping put on a candlelight vigil in Myrtle Beach. A statewide vigil was held Saturday in Columbia, and two other events are planned in Greenville and Beaufort.

The vigils are part of International Transgender Awareness Day. Organizers say community leaders and public officials are scheduled to speak, and the names of transgender people affected by violence are being read aloud.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Myrtle Beach event will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. and will be located at Nance Plaza, in front of Rainbow House at 815 Highway 17 Business North. If it rains, the event will be moved to Santee Cooper at 1703 N. Oak Street.