Honouring our trans community on Trans Day of Remembrance
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was established in 1999 as a memorial to those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
The event is held annually in November to honour Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 instigated the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases including several such cases in Baltimore this year — remains unsolved.
Across the world, Trans communities and their allies honour those who have been victims of transphobia with Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Kelly Glanney from Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust told GNN this year’s events will be particularly poignant for the Australian trans community given the recent murder of Mayang Prasetyo.
“Mayang was well known and much-loved by many here in Sydney, so I expect we may see an even larger turnout than usual this year,” said Glanney.
“TDOR is about remembering our many friends and family worldwide lost to transphobic violence and prejudice, but just as importantly, it’s also become a celebration of the love and resilience of those of us left behind."
Glanney said in the trans community it is not uncommon for people to have survived the loss of literally dozens of friends and acquaintances.
“Not just to violent attacks but to substance abuse and other forms of self-harm, which sadly occur in any marginalised community subjected to this sort of ongoing trauma, so TDOR is immensely significant to many of us," she explains.
“It takes immense strength and personal courage to survive that degree of emotional pain, so it's undoubtedly a testament to the resilience of our community that so many of us have done so.” Glanney said.
This year, the Gender Centre's Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be held at Neighbourhood Centre (opposite Newtown station) Thursday November 20, 2014 , 6:00pm to 8:00pm.