Trans Day of Remembrance UK

Remembering those who have died because of transphobia

The changing display at the right depicts a few of those who died in 2016 as a result of transphobia. For a full list see www.transgenderdor.org.

Jasmine Sierra
Jasmine Sierra
Veronica Banks Cano, mid 50s
Veronica Banks Cano, mid 50s
Maya Young, aged 25
Demarkis Stansberry, aged 30
Kedaroe/Kandicee Johnson, aged 16
Kedaroe/Kandicee Johnson, aged 16
Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum, aged 32.
Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum aged 32
Shante Isaac aged 43
Shante Isaac, aged 43
Kayonna Blakeney, aged 22.
Kayonna Blakeney, aged 22
Tyreece ‘Reecey’ Walker, aged 32
Tyreece 'Reecey' Walker, aged 32
Mercedes Successful aged 32
Mercedes Successful, aged 32
Amos Beede aged 38
Amos Beede, 38 years old
'Goddess' Diamond, aged 38
Goddess Diamond, aged 38
Dee Whighham, a nurse aged 25
Dee Whigham, aged 25
Skye Mockiabee, aged 26
Skye Mockiabee, aged 26
Erykah Tijerina, aged 36
Erykah Tijerina, aged 36
Rae Lynn Thomas, aged 28
Rae Lynn Thomas, aged 28
Tamara Dominguez, aged 36
Tamara Dominguez, aged 36
TT (T.T. Saffore), 20s or 30s
TT (T.T. Saffore), late 20s or early 30s
Crystal Edmunds, aged 32
Crystal Edmonds, aged 32
Jazz Alford, aged 30
Jazz Alford, aged 30

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Torquay 2015

Date: 
Friday 20 November 2015, 6:30pm
Town: 
Torquay
Description: 
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Venue: 
The TREC Lecture Theatre, Torbay Hospital
Address: 
Lowes Bridge, Torquay, Devon
Postcode: 
TQ2 7AA
Organised by: 

Transfigurations

Further information: 

Arrive 6.30 for 7pm to allow time for refreshments. Please e-mail tdor@transfigurations.co.uk so we can make sure there is enough. The event is free and open to everyone.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. It was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender activist who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Since its inception, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Gwendolyn Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries and has been growing exponentially over the last decade.

Traditionally, it has been the custom to read out the names of those killed (if they could be identified) at the Remembrance service, their age and how they were killed. This really does bring home the utter senselessness of these murders and very often their extreme horror. However, at the service which we held last year, many people found the appalling brutality of these murders too shocking and had to leave the room. Bearing this on mind, this year we will tone down the description of their murders and simply read out their names and register the fact that they were murdered.

So many of those who have been murdered had been kicked out and rejected by their families and were forced out onto the streets and into sex work as the only way to survive. So many are taken from our community with nobody to remember them, some are even without a name, some have been so badly disfigured it is impossible to identify them. They were all human beings though, like you, like me – capable of receiving and giving love, happiness, compassion and kindness. Nobody deserves this for simply being true to who they are. This is why we have a Remembrance Day for them, for many would otherwise never have this privilege.

Contact e-mail: 
Photos: 
A support group for transgender and/or gender variant people in Devon