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Enlightening the world onTransgender Day of Remembrance

Across the globe, the 20th of November each year is set aside to remember those who have died as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

It’s a day of grief and reflection as we remember people we have lost. But it can also be a day of celebration, awareness and renewal, as communities join together in solidarity and hope for a better future.

Tuesday 20 November 2012 will be the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. While the idea began in America back in the late ‘90s following the violent unsolved murder of trans woman Rita Hester, the day is now marked in more than 20 countries across the world, including here in Australia.

Even here in our relatively enlightened country, gender-diverse people often face stigma or discrimination. Marking November 20, a new report looking into violence targeting transgender people will be launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor in the Macquarie Room at NSW Parliament House. Find more details below.

2012 Transgender Day of Remembrance

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There’s also a free event in Newtown’s King Street Theatre from 6:30pm with a sneak peak at new play Into The Mirror, starring Penny Day as Kendall, whose daughter must come to terms with her parent’s unexpected transition. The play will run from 21 November to 15 December at King Street Theatre, 344 King Street, Newtown.

The Y Gender trans youth social support group in Melbourne will be holding a Transgender Day of Remembrance event on Tuesday between 3 and 8pm at 177 Drummond Street, Carlton. It’ll be a candlelight vigil with soft music, and refreshments provided free. To help with catering numbers, please RSVP to [email protected]

Melbourne’s LGBTI bookstore Hares & Hyenas will present a range of trans writers and speakers in an evening of spoken word and life stories on Thursday 22 November. Find details here.

Adelaide’s Feast Festival is well underway and for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov 20, local organisations Gender Muck, Carrousel Club, Bfriend and SIN will meet at the festival’s Hub of Light Square for a candlelight vigil.

Afterwards, there’s a screening of Becoming Chaz at the Campsite Cinema in Light Square at 8:30pm sharp. Check out its trailer:

We’ll add information about what other cities are doing for Transgender Day of Remembrance as their details are confirmed. In the meantime, we recommend you take a look at the trailer for Sydney trans man Andy Guy’s new film It’s Not About The Sexsee it here.

Over in the States, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition have released four new videos with trans people telling their stories for the I AM: Trans People Speak campaign. See one below.

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SeaMist said on the 17th Nov, 2012

Powerful words from a well known trans blogger.


JayTee said on the 17th Nov, 2012

I'm disappointed that there isn't more coverage of this Day of Rememberance in the GLBT community media, nor in the wider community media.

But it is interesting to note that the Trans community is getting more and more visibility of their own accord. I've noticed alot of youth services doing things for Trans young people.

As well as a number of Trans docos on ABC2 that chronicle the journeys of some young trans people. [I watched a few last week. they all seem to be from the UK. Will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years as Trans people become more visible in the wider community.


Xenologer said on the 18th Nov, 2012

I'm of two minds about using TDOR for this kind of activism. Transgender Day of Remembrance isn't a rally; it's a funeral. It's a funeral that, according to trans people of color, often uses the deaths of trans people of color (who are dismayingly overrepresented on the list of the dead) to advance causes that primarily showcase and benefit white trans people.

I've gotten a little wary of events that seem to be saying, "Look how much trans people of color suffer. Now congratulate the white people organizing the event and give them exposure for their projects. Living trans people of color who need help? What are those? Are they on the list yet?"

I love TDOR, but some ways of celebrating it make trans people of color feel more loved and valuable DEAD than ALIVE, which is a terrible way to feel in what's supposed to be one's own community.