TDoR services and events in Brighton, UK.
19/11/2017, 11 am to 1:30pm, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton BN1 1EE. Run in conjunction with the Museum of Transology, there will be singing workshops, flag making workshops and a tour. You can register your interest at Eventbrite.
19/11/2017, 2pm to 4pm, Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton BN2 1RL, UK. The service will be hosted by Trans Alliance Brighton.
20/11/2017, 1pm in The Chapel at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, UK. All welcome. (There will also be a service at the same time at our site in Haywards Heath – Princess Royal Hospital, Chapel.)
The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) memorializes people who have died throughout the world because of anti-transgender hatred. Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. The tradition is inspired by a vigil held for Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered in 1998 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is hoped that TDoR will help end violence against trans and gender non-conforming communities.
Cases of anti-transgender violence affect people of all ages, and go across all sexual identities, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In general transgender people are four times more likely than the general population to report living in extreme poverty and nearly 80% report experiencing harassment at school. As adults transgender people are often physcially assaulted on trains, buses, in shops and restaurants. This often goes unreported. Greater awareness of transgender people and visibility in the media has not led to broader acceptance or respect. In fact the majority of people do not understand or think about the lives affected daily by high levels of violence and discrimination. The risk is greater for transgender women of colour – faced with both transphobia and racism.
In the USA alone, over 25 transgender people have been murdered so far in 2017. In 2016 in the USA, 27 transgender people were killed and nearly all of the victims were transgender women of colour. According to Stonewall, UK, between 2008 and 2014, 1,612 trans people were murdered across 62 countries. These numbers do not include transgender people whose deaths were not reported due to misgendering in police reports, news stories, and sometimes by the victim’s family.
If you are in Brighton, UK, and need to speak to someone you can contact:
Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard, 01273 234009, firstname.lastname@example.org
MindOut, 01273 234839, email@example.com
In the USA GLAAD has a comprehensive list of resources.
International resources can be found at The Trevor Project.