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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

On Friday 20 November we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed internationally every year to remember those trans people who have been killed as a result of transphobia and violence.

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It is a day to draw attention to the continued violence and oppression experienced by trans and gender non-conforming people around the world.

It's important to remember that these deaths are not just the result of transphobia but also of transmisogny and racism. Most of those killed are Black, Latinx, Indigenous trans women and women of colour, many of whom are also sex workers.

At Queen Mary, we want to mark this important day and communicate our support and respect for the trans community. Last year, we were able to host a vigil and a film screening of ‘Paris is Burning’ with speakers Chiyo, Radam Ridwan and Maria Munir. This year, we didn’t feel that a Queen Mary online vigil would be able to provide the same sense of community and support. If you do want to join an online vigil, however, there are many others being held by various organisations and local groups.

You can find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance and remember those who have died by following the link below. **Please note: this website contains pictures of those who have died and includes causes of death, with mentions of murder, violence and transphobia. Please take care of yourself.** Link here.

We also wanted to remind students and staff  that we will be hosting a virtual panel event exploring the topic of Black Trans Lives Matter in early 2021, with some brilliant speakers from the trans community. You can find out more about the event and book your free place here.

Support

External resources and support 

  • East London Out Project (ELOP): a local charity offering a range of support services to LGBTQ+ communities including counselling. 
  • Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum: a project that aims to bring together LGBT+ people (and allies) who live, work, study or socialise in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets 
  • Galop: an LGBTQ+ anti-violence charity, providing support services relating to hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence. 
  • Switchboard, LGBT+ helpline: provides information, support and referral service for LGBTQ+ and their friends, parents or family. 
  • Gendered Intelligence: a charity aiming to increase understanding of gender diversity, specialising in supporting young trans people under 21. 
  • Mermaids: supports trans and gender-diverse children, young people and their families.  
  • GIRES: works to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages. 
  • Stonewall: campaigns for LGBTQ+ equality. 
  • Stop Hate UK: provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties. 
  • TransBareAll: a trans led, voluntary organisation that works with trans people to explore feelings and decisions around bodies, sexual health and intimacy. TransBareAll believes in improving the health and wellbeing of trans people and provide a space for trans people to discuss and explore things that impacts their lives.
  • TransUnite: a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. TransUnite connects you to a network of groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland and can be split into physical local and online groups.