Trans Awareness Week & Trans Day of Remembrance
Trans Awareness Week (13th-19th November 2017) is fast approaching and leading up to international Trans Day of Remembrance on 19th November. This time of year is an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the needs of the trans community and a somber time to remember and mourn for the members of the community we have lost around the world over the last 12 months to hate crimes motivated by transphobia. The numbers continue to grow, and disproportionately affect trans women of colour around the world, it is a time reflect on our own communities and experiences but also acknowledge other factors such as race, geographical and economic factors which contribute to the lists of names we see gathered every year.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was set aside to draw attention to and remember those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on 28th November 1998 led to the first event of its kind in San Francisco in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, is yet to be solved.
Trans Awareness Week events in and around Manchester :
Sunday 19th November
Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial at Sackville Gardens, Manchester, M1 3HB
Organised by Sparkle, this free event is for everyone to stand in solidarity with those members of the Trans community who we have lost over the past year through violence, hate and suicide. This event will include readings, a choir and the reading of the names of victims, culminating in a candle light procession to the Sackville Gardens Trans Memorial.