International Transgender Day of Rememberance
By Zoe O'Connell
20th November 2014 marks the 17th International Transgender Day of Rememberance. This year the names of 226 trans people who have suffered violent deaths appear on the list.
Lynne Featherstone MP, Liberal Democrat Minsiter in the Home Office, said "Today we remember all transgender people worldwide who have suffered violence and mourn those we have lost. Prejudice and violence against transgender people is utterly unacceptable and we must continue to highlight the problem and work to end it around the world."
Sarah Brown, chair of the LGBT+ Transgender Working Group, added "Each November, we reflect on the violent deaths of transgender people. The vast majority of those killed are transgender women, are poor, and are in developing countries. While we congratulate ourselves on advances made in LGBT and gender equality in Europe and North America, we must reflect on those who do not share our good fortune, targeted and killed because of who they are."
More information on TDoR, including the location of rememberance events across the UK and internationally, is available at http://tdor.info/.