What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020 is an important day for honouring the memories of the 350 trans and gender-diverse people who were reported killed in the past 12 months as a result of the hatred and violence transphobia spreads. The community has come a long way with with legal protections in the UK but this does not stop the violence and we have a long way to go. Transphobic hate crimes reported to police have risen by 81% in England Scotland and Wales alone and there are still so many going unreported. Globally, there are still 13 countries with specific laws against transgender people and 37 countries that criminalise trans people by de-facto. This means trans people can be punished by imprisonment, corporal punishment and sometimes death. As well as this, in the US 39 states have no ban on the “trans panic” defence strategy, meaning violence towards trans individuals can be blamed on the victim’s identity and the sentence of the perpetrator will be mitigated.
This kind of treatment in 2020 makes the world a somewhat hostile environment for trans people to navigate as the violence and lack of education is resulting in more and more innocent lives being taken by those who have no right to take. This day marks our respect for those who can’t be with us anymore and to show the world we stand together against the transphobia and the bigotry that so many transgender people face on a regular basis. We all belong and we can make this world a safer and more accepting place one day at a time. Trans rights are still human rights.
Join us at 6pm on Friday the 20th November for our online vigil. You can find further details about this below.
Your Trans and Non-Binary Officer 2020/21
Friday 20 November, Online Vigil, 6pm
We will be holding an online vigil to honor all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year. If you would like to join us, it will be held on Microsoft Teams.
Our Advice Service have put together a list of helpful organisations to provide help and support if you need it. You can find this here.
We've also put together a list of useful organisations and contacts:
Trans and Non Binary Officer – Charlie Hugil
Report and Support
LGBT+ Youth Scotland
NHS Trans People’s Guide
LGBT+ Foundation Resources
Gendered Intelligence Resources
Galop – LGBT+ Anti-Violence Charity