Transgender Day of Remembrance

Publish Date: 12/11/2012

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans columnist, graphic designer and activist, to memorialise the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Rita, a 34-year-old African American trans woman, was brutally murdered in her apartment on 28th November 1998. This led to the Remembering Our Dead web project, which quickly evolved and became an known internationally as Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Transgender Day of Remembrance aims to raise awareness of the ongoing threat of violence faced by trans and gender nonconforming people. Memorials will take place all over the world, most including a reading of the names of those who have lost their lives during the previous year as a result of transphobia. There are often other awareness-raising events too, such as candlelit vigils, marches, film screenings and art exhibitions.

Manchester’s fifth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil will take place on Sunday 25th November at 3.45 PM in Sackville Park, which is located next to Canal Street. The vigil will take approximately one hour, and it will include a reading of the names of the deceased and a candlelit minute’s silence.

Everyone is welcome, and you are encouraged to bring a candle, a flower or another appropriate tribute. If you require any more information or you would like to read the list of names, a poem or a speech, see Manchester Concord’swebsite or the Facebook Event for more details.  

A round table event is also taking place in Liverpool on Sunday 18th November at 6pm, a communion service to remember those who have died due to transphobia. This will be held at St Brides Liverpool, Percy Street, Liverpool, L8 7LT. For more information contact Warren: open.table@yahoo.co.uk or call 07776 476024.

You can also find information about hate crimes and how to report them on The Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s website, here.