The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), observed on Friday 20 November, memorialises those individuals of the transgender community who have been killed by acts of trans-hatred in countries across the world.
Inspired by the vigil that took place after the murder of Rita Hester in 1998, TDoR seeks to raise awareness of the intolerance and violence against trans people that still pervades our communities.
The levels of intolerance reported by the transgender community in Scotland makes difficult reading. The Equality Network’s recent report into our society’s progress towards a just Scotland confirmed that 91 per cent of transgender respondents had within the last year experienced or witnessed prejudice and discrimination. Additionally, 62 per cent of trans respondents expressed that they felt isolated in their community.
As a trade union dedicated to the advancement of all workers internationally, Unite will be holding a commemoration evening for the sixteenth TDoR on Friday 20 November at John Smith House, 145-165 West Regent Street, Glasgow, from 19:00–21:00.
Ms Becky Kent, STA research associate from the Equality Network and trans activist will deliver a talk on transgender equality and the history of TDoR and we will also be collecting funds for local trans support group, Trans Youth Glasgow.
Equality is at the heart of everything we do and we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us to mark TDoR and help promote a free, prosperous and tolerant society for all.
For further information please contact Unite Scotland equalities officer Elaine Dougall on 07786 702353.