​Post submitted by Noël Gordon, former HRC Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention and Health Equity.

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was on his way back from visiting loved ones when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman. Martin – a high school junior at the time – was unarmed when he encountered Zimmerman, carrying only a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles.

Martin’s death brought national attention to the epidemic of violence and racial profiling facing many in the African-American community. It also provoked calls for justice from people and organizations across the political spectrum, including a broad coalition of LGBT rights organizations.

As HRC honors the memory of Trayvon Martin, we remind ourselves of the work still to be done in the fight for social justice. We remind ourselves that bias-motivated violence takes many forms, and that it is often those at the intersection who are most vulnerable. We remind ourselves that things will only get better if we work to make it better – for Trayvon Martin, Sakia Gunn, Matthew Shepard, Islan Nettles, Jordan Davis and the countless others young people whose names we may never know but whose memories live on.

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