Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Transgender Day of Remembrance, your LGBT+ Open Place Part-time Officer has wrriten a blog highlighting the importance of the day.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) has been observed on 20th November every year since 1999. The day honours the memories of Trans+ people whose lives have been lost due to anti-transgender violence. The day coincides with Transgender Awareness Week (12-19th November), where people raise the visibility of Trans+ people, and the issues that they face.  

TDoR was originally started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, and since then a list of the Trans people that have been murdered due to anti-trans violence is posted online every year. The harrowing truth is that the violent murders that these people face can be deeply upsetting to read; the list includes people that have been stoned, beaten, stabbed, shot, and burned.

This year's list includes Naomi Hersi, a London based Trans woman of colour. Naomi was stabbed to death in her home in Hounslow, and as discussed by Stonewall, the media coverage surrounding the death of Naomi brought to “light a series of deeply troubling issues about how our society views Trans people – and particularly Trans women of colour.” Not only was there a lack of coverage of the death of Naomi but multiple reports of her death either referred to her by the wrong name or misgendered her. 

Over 40 percent of Trans people in the UK have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their gender identity in the last 12 months and it is rare that these heinous acts are covered in the media, and those that are reported are often reported in a way that can be both harmful and offensive. It is imperative that this changes, and highlights the need for further action towards Trans equality. 

On 20th November, we will remember those people lost, and the atrocities that they faced. We will stand in solidarity with Trans people at Swansea University and beyond and will keep fighting to raise awareness of Trans identities and the issues that Trans people face.  

To mark the occasion, we will be chalking the steps in front of Fulton House in the Trans flag (between midday and 2pm – come and join us!).  

We have also booked safe spaces on both campuses:
Singleton – Seminar Room 4 
Bay Campus – SU Building  

We would also like to remind students that our Advice and Support Centre is available if you need any support during the day, or any other time.  

 

Samuel Mann  
LGBT+ (Open) Officer 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) has been observed on 20th November every year since 1999. The day honours the memories of Trans+ people whose lives have been lost due to anti-transgender violence. The day coincides with Transgender Awareness Week (12-19th November), where people raise the visibility of Trans+ people, and the issues that they face.  

TDoR was originally started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, and since then a list of the Trans people that have been murdered due to anti-trans violence is posted online every year. The harrowing truth is that the violent murders that these people face can be deeply upsetting to read; the list includes people that have been stoned, beaten, stabbed, shot, and burned.

This year's list includes Naomi Hersi, a London based Trans woman of colour. Naomi was stabbed to death in her home in Hounslow, and as discussed by Stonewall, the media coverage surrounding the death of Naomi brought to “light a series of deeply troubling issues about how our society views Trans people – and particularly Trans women of colour.” Not only was there a lack of coverage of the death of Naomi but multiple reports of her death either referred to her by the wrong name or misgendered her. 

Over 40 percent of Trans people in the UK have experienced a hate crime or incident due to their gender identity in the last 12 months and it is rare that these heinous acts are covered in the media, and those that are reported are often reported in a way that can be both harmful and offensive. It is imperative that this changes, and highlights the need for further action towards Trans equality. 

On 20th November, we will remember those people lost, and the atrocities that they faced. We will stand in solidarity with Trans people at Swansea University and beyond and will keep fighting to raise awareness of Trans identities and the issues that Trans people face.  

To mark the occasion, we will be chalking the steps in front of Fulton House in the Trans flag (between midday and 2pm – come and join us!).  

We have also booked safe spaces on both campuses:
Singleton – Seminar Room 4 
Bay Campus – SU Building  

We would also like to remind students that our Advice and Support Centre is available if you need any support during the day, or any other time.  

 

Samuel Mann  
Swyddog LHDT+ (Agored)

 

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