LONDON, November 18, 2006 – While
Monday November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, many UK events
to mark the date are being early over the weekend.
There will be three events to
honour the memory of all transsexual and transgender people killed by
For the first time, Manchester will
hold its own Transgender Day of Remembrance event, and there is also an
event in London.
This international memorial is held
each year, near to this November date, and has been marked since the first
candlelight vigil in 1998. The Remembering Our Dead project website holds
details of the names and lives of our dead. The aim of this memorial is to
mourn and honour the lives of our trans people killed who otherwise might be
forgotten, and to raise public awareness of these hate crimes.
Two events are being held in the UK
Transfabulous will be holding an event in London on Sunday. This will be
in the Chapel Space at Oxford House Arts Centre, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal
Green, London. E2 6H5. There will be musical tributes, readings and a vigil
memorialising those who have died by anti-transgender violence. Please
arrive at 1.30 for a 2pm start. The event should last approximately 90
minutes, after which refreshments will be available.
- Meet at Sackville Park in the Gay Village on Sunday from 3pm. Please
wear black or regular clothes with a black armband or the appropriate colour
of mourning for your culture. Please also bring a candle (spares will be
available) for the one minute’s silent vigil at 4:30pm. A simple holder may
be made by using a small square of card with a cross cut in the centre to
hold the candle and catch drips.
Edinburgh staged an event, “A Time
to Remember” today at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. It was
jointly organised by Metropolitan Community Church Edinburgh, Transmen
Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland and the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing.