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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Croydon 2012

Date: 
Saturday 17 November 2012, 8:00pm
Town: 
Croydon
Description: 
Remembrance ceremony
Venue: 
St Stephens Church Norbury and Thornton Heath
Address: 
Warwick Road, Thornton Heath
Postcode: 
CR7 7NH
Organised by: 

Croydon Trans Group, and Aurora, Croydon's LGBT Police Consultation Group

Further information: 

we read a list of trans victims murdered during the previous year, (see www.transgenderdor.org/memorializing-2012) lighting a candle for each of them. But it was also a time to remember Kellie Telesford who was tragically murdered in her flat in Leander Road, Thornton Heath, a short walk from the church, five years earlier in November 2007. An extra candle was lit for Kellie, In Memoriam notices appeared in the local press and those who remembered Kellie were specially welcomed. Another candle was lit for the lawyer, Sonia, or David, Burgess, who was pushed in front of a tube train in Kings Cross the previous year. LGBT people and others are worse off without the expertise and determination of Sonia's work as an international human rights lawyer.

At the end of the ceremony the table at the front of the church was almost full with 38 candles, a sad reflection of the number of known trans victims this year. Poetry and music followed the ceremony, and the evening concluded with a time for a bunch of very diverse people to meet and chat over tea and coffee.

Father Geoffrey kindly welcomed us as part of the church's mission to be inclusive and shared the reading of the names.

As last year, we hope to plant flowers in Croydon as a positive memory to those killed.

Web address: 

Croydon Trans Group www.croydontrans.org.uk; Aurora www.aurora-croydon.org.uk (contains material about Kellie Telesford under 'News').

Contact e-mail: 
Photos: 
St Stephen's Norbury & Thornton Heath
Helen welcomes everyone; the two readers are standing by the trans flags
One candle is lit for each victim