Tuesday 17-11-2015 - 17:31
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is held on the 20th November annually in order to pay our respects to Transgender individuals who lost their lives.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is held on the 20th November annually in order to pay our respects to Transgender individuals who lost their lives due to Transphobia, transphobic prejudice and transphobic violence.
The day is marked in November specially in order to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 sparked the “Remembering Our Dead” online project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has still not been solved. Although not every individual remembered today explicitly self-identified as Transgender, each was a victim of violence that arose due to transphobia and transphobic bias.
The NTDS (National Transgender Discrimination Survey) found that 34% of Black Trans people were living in extreme poverty, over a fifth were HIV-positive, and nearly half had attempted suicide.
Half the respondents had faced harassment at school and 15% had been physically assaulted at work. It is also well-known that Black Trans people are more likely to be incarcerated, face police discrimination and abuse whilst in custody, as well as experiencing high levels of homelessness and problems accessing adequate healthcare.
TDoR list are Trans Women of Colour, many who engage in sex work. The impact of transphobia and racism, means that Trans Women Colour and Trans sex workers face disproportionately high levels of violence. Currently TDoR events and vigils in the UK are mostly organised by white Trans activists who are much less likely to be affected by transphobic violence themselves. As such it is important that TDoR events amplify the voices of Trans People of Colour, celebrate their lives, and memorialise their deaths.
This year the NUS LGBT+ campaign will be working with Action for Trans health to raise funds to help trans people of colour access healthcare. Any donations or membership dues given to Action for Trans Health from the 20th November to the 20th December will be ring-fenced for a trans person of colour specific fund.
If you want to run a fundraiser or campaign which donates to Action for Trans Health, get in touch at email@example.com or donate via the website www.actionfortranshealth.org.uk