Transgender Day of Remembrance
We are marking the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), on 20 November with a special memorial event at Huddersfield Library and Huddersfield Parish Church.
The day of remembrance honours the memory of those murdered or who committed suicide because of anti-transgender prejudice.
The memorial event starts at the library at 5.30pm and will be hosted by Trans+ve; a Bradford-based transgender support group, which helps people be positive about who they are, and where they are going.
There will also be guest speakers from Huddersfield Quakers, Huddersfield Town of Sanctuary, and Ruth Redfern – Kirklees Director of Communities Transformation and Change
There will also be an exhibition at the old Sound & Vision Library.
The attendees will then take a short walk to Huddersfield Parish Church, where they will light candles in memory of each person murdered during the past year.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.
Since its inception, TDoR has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2014, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
The following victims are just a few of over two hundred who have died in 2015.
• Diosiany Munoz Robaina (24 years old) Stoned to death in Cuba, 26 April 2015
• Mercedes Williamson (17 years old) Beaten to Death in Alabama USA, 10 February 2015
• Mikki Nicholson (36 years old), National Scrabble Champion, committed suicide in Carlisle, UK in 2015
• Ashton O’Hara (25 year old) Stabbed to death then repeatedly run over by a vehicle in Detroit USA, 14 July 2015
Saorsa-Amatheia Tweedale from Trans+ve, West Yorkshire Said: “This is a very serious and solemn event for it remembers those who have lost their lives to brutal, blind intolerance and ignorance. It is also a time of hope that in remembering and highlighting the deaths to the wider community, we can all work together to bring them an end.”
More info about the Transgender Day of Remembrance
Kim Strickson, Community Heritage Manager