A day of events are planned across Liverpool as the city lights up in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance TDOR on Monday 20th November 2017.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event remembering those who have been killed or have taken their own lives due to transphobic violence or discrimination. In 2016 this list included 295 names.
Liverpool will be hosting a series of events on the day, culminating with the TDOR Vigil in the evening.
TDOR is on the last day of Trans Awareness Week, which runs 14th to 20th November.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil will be held at Exchange Station, Tithebarn Street, at 6pm on Monday 20th November 2017.
This years vigil will include speakers from across the community and culminate in a candle lit vigil to remember some of the countless lives lost. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend, however parents are advised that due to this being a memorial event, some content may be unsuitable for young children.
Refreshments will be provided.
Liverpool Lights up for TDOR
In a show of solidarity with the trans community Everton Football Club, St Georges Hall, Merseyside Police, Liverpool One, Merseytravel, LJMU, John Lennon Airport and Lime Street Station are among those who will light the skyline of Liverpool with the pink, blue and white colours of the transgender flag.
Sophie Green, from the TDOR Committee said “While it is fair to say that rights, representation and visibility for transgender people has improved for some in recent years, there’s still a huge way to go to achieve equality. With few rights or access to healthcare, trans communities are vulnerable, and across the world transgender people are being murdered at an alarming rate.
A survey by Pace found a staggering 48% of young transgender people in the UK have attempted suicide. It’s important to have a space where the community can memorialise these lives lost whilst coming together to raise awareness on the issues facing trans people, and building strong allies with the wider community.”
Alongside the vigil in the evening, the Museum of Liverpool will be hosting a moments silence and short wreath laying service at 2pm, followed by complimentary teas and coffees for all attendees. Everyone is welcome.
Preceding this, at 1pm, the Museum will also host a tour of Tales From the City an exhibition of stories, objects and memories from Liverpool’s LGBT+ community. The tour will pay particular attention to the trans testimonials and archives contained within it.
At 4pm Liverpool Town Hall will be hosting their 4th annual transgender flag raising event.
There will be a reception with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool followed by flag raising ceremony at dusk.