TDOR Events and their legacy

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Gwynedd Council raise the transgender flag for TDOR in 2012The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) has been marked this month for its 14th year, which saw the global trans community come out en-mass to mourn and celebrate the lives of the people we lost during the last 12 months.

Since November 2011 to the 20th November 2012, there were 265* reported deaths of trans individuals, who had paid the ultimate price for simply being themselves. Transphobia is a concoction of hate based fear and misinformation, with a good mix of ignorance about trans people thrown in.

Transphobia can and regularly does mean that people are beaten, raped and murdered for being honest about their identities and trying to live out in the world as the people they are. In addition to this hate; bullying, rejection from families, the loss of jobs, homes and friends, contributes to, if not causes the extremely high suicide rate that trans people still face across the world. This is currently at 41%, which is in stark contrast to the 1.6% for everyone else.

It could be argued that suicide under these circumstances, is also murder.

For these reasons, and as one of the most marginalised minorities in the world, the transgender day of remembrance is one of the most important days inWartburg College in Waverly, IA 2 the trans calendar. We light candles to remember, while reading out the names of the people we lost, we light lanterns and pray, or we observe a minutes silence as a mark of respect. We all do things in different ways and all are fine, but we have to wonder, is this really enough?

While the day is incredibly important, do we neglect to raise awareness of this problem further than the 20th November every year? Do we settle in the knowledge that we have done our bit by remembering and then carrying on? We thought about this and decided to ensure that we as an organisation carry on making people aware of this issue of hate and murder, all year long.

To this end, we have asked the members of our community to send us images of their events so that we may keep a permanent record starting in 2012 of the events that happen around the world for TDOR. We aim to show that the small gatherings we have on cold, dark November nights are vitally important to our continued fight for equality and recognition.

Raising awareness of this seemingly hidden issue has been our main aim this year. Many of the public we spoke to had no idea about trans people, never mind actually knowing about the issues and danger we face when we come out and try to live our lives. To make progress possible, this lack of visibility needs to change.

So with that in mind we ran a three day campaign across our social networks (to cover all timezones), held our own candle lit vigil jointly with our local university LGBTQ+ society and we also lobbied five local government authorities in five separate counties, who agreed to raise our flags on the 20th to help us be more visible within our local communities**. We also managed to get help from the South Wales Police, who also raised one of our flags.

This year we will be continuing to grow our TDOR gallery and will keep reminding people about the day and its meaning right through the year.

Please click here to see the TDOR images submitted to us for 2012 so far.

*Statistics Source: http://www.transrespect-transphobia.org/uploads/downloads/TMM/TvT-TDOR2012PR-en.pdf
** With thanks to the Anglesey Council, Gwynedd Council (pictured), Flintshire Council, Conwy Council and Swansea Council.

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