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November 20, 2012

IconTransgender Day Of Remembrance

Today, across the world marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance (20th November 2012). A day to memorialise those killed due to transphobia - the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people – and raise awareness to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

816 deaths of transgender people were reported between January 2008 and December 2011 according to a report by TGEU. 52% of those deaths occurred in Latin America.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith; a transgender graphic designer, columnist and activist, was originally created in memory of the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

Recognised in over 185 cities through over 20 countries, the day is observed in London this year by way of speeches, performances and a reading of the names of Latin American trans people deceased. The event will take place on the 1st floor of the ULU building, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC2 at 7pm and is a collaboration of  TranslondonBirkbeck College SU, Camden LGBT Forum and the University of London Union.

Further events are due to take place this evening in the UK at 7pm in:

  • CUMBRIA: CADAS 52 Paradise StBarrow-in-Furness
  • COVENTRY: The University of Warwick
  • BRISTOL: The Council House, College Green
  • BATH: Central United Reformed Church Halls Grove Street
  • MILTON KEYNES: The church of Christ the Cornerstone in Central Milton Keynes

Here in Ireland there will be a candle lit vigil at the Millennium Bridge, Dublin at 7pm.

A celebration of trans lives also took place on Saturday 17 November 2012 at the Dublin Unitarian Church, off St. Stephen’s Green. The service was beautiful, with members of the Dublin Trans Support Group, lesbian group Running Amach and Josh Johnson performing on the night. The ceremony was organised by Lynda Sheridan and Sara Philips of TENI. Here, Deirdre O’Byrne and Sara Philips talk on Dublin City fm

Across Ireland at 7pm tonight lantern launches will take place at:

  • BELFAST: Lagan Lookout at 7pm – bring your own lanterns.
  • DERRY: Peace Bridge, Derry/Londonderry 7pm
  • DUBLIN: Millennium Bridge, 7pm. Please bring a candle.
  • WATERFORD: John Roberts Plaza on the Quay, 7pm.
  • CORK: Amphitheatre, University College Cork, 7pm. Followed by Talk on Legal Barriers and Gender Recognition in West wing Room 6
Listings of more events across the world can be found at http://www.transgenderdor.org/.

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