Trans Awareness Week & Trans Day of Remembrance

Publish Date: 03/11/2015

Trans Awareness Week (14th-20th November 2015) is fast approaching and leading up to international Trans Day of Remembrance on 20th November 2015. This time of year is an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the needs of the trans community and a somber time to remember and mourn for the members of the community we have lost around the world over the last 12 months to hate crimes motivated by transphobia. The numbers continue to grow, and disproportionately affect trans women of colour around the world, it is a time reflect on our own communities and experiences but also acknowledge other factors such as race, geographical and economic factors which contribute to the lists of names we see gathered every year.

In the UK over the last twelve months we have seen the trans equality enquiry take place with hundreds of groups and individuals submitting information and evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee. As the oral evidence sessions draw to a close, there is a sense of anticipation as to what is next for trans rights in this country. Research is being compiled at a local and national level on the needs of trans communities at a scale never seen before, The findings will undoubtedly come with the pressure of responsibility to bring about meaningful and substantial chances for trans people at every point of life. We will continue to remember and continue to push for an end to transphobia once and for all.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was set aside to draw attention to and remember those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on 28th November 1998 led to the first event of its kind in San Francisco in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, is yet to be solved.

Trans Awareness Week events in and around Manchester

Friday 20th November 12pm-10pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance at University House, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT

University of Salford Students’ Union will be hosting a series of events throughout Trans Day of Remembrance:

·      Gender Identity Training12-1pm – To help you understand the various pronouns and terms that surround the transgender community, we’re going to host some important but informal training to help make it all crystal clear!
·      Sparkle: A Transgender Festival 1-2pm – Every year for the past 10, the world’s largest transgender event has been held in Manchester. Sparkle will be joining us to talk about dysphoria, transition, employment and medical.
·      Transgender Film Festival 2-5pm – In association with Queer Media LTD, University of Salford Students’ Union are showcasing a range of short films based around transgender topics, ending the session with their new feature film, ‘A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story
·      Gender: The More You Know5-7pm – Salford’s LGBT+ Society will be holding a session hosted by students, for students. They will be talking about lots of subject within Transgender ranging from genderqueer to famous trans figures.

Saturday 21st November 6pm-9pm
Trans Community Event - Film Screening and Open Mic night
at LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

LGBT Foundation and Action for Trans Heath are hosting a community event with a film screening and an open mic space, where there will be opportunity to share music and spoken word. The event will mark Trans Awareness Week and LGBT Foundation staff will be on hand to offer general support and advice around their new Trans Programme of work. 
Films: Romeos (2011)A drama centered on the relationship between a young cis man and a trans man.
Shorts: TBC
Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. The event is designed to be a safe and inclusive space for the trans community, but it is a public event open to all supporters and friends.

Trans Day of Remembrance events in and around Manchester

Thursday 19th November 7-9:30pm
TransWarrington Transgender Day of Remembrance evening at The Orford Jubilee Hub, Jubilee Way, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8HE

An evening of transgender awareness with words, music, and moving pictures to remember our brothers and sisters who are no longer with us. This year’s theme is trans* youth.

‘Say not in grief they are no more but live in thankfulness that they were’

Thursday 19th November 7:30pm             
Manchester AlternativeTrans Day of Remembrance
 at Nexus Art Café, 3 Dale Street (just off Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter)

Organised by Action for Trans Health, to remember those we have lost to transphobic violence, discrimination and harassment. Organised by trans people for trans people (although respectful cis allies are welcome). Please bring candles with jam jars to hold them in and flowers if you can afford them. They will be collecting donations to cover the cost of putting on the event and if they receive more money than it costs to put on the event then the excess with be donated to a trans charity.

Friday 20th November 7pm-10pm
Remembrance Ceremony at University House, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford, M5 4WT

Join us in gathering together to remember and commemorate all those who have suffered from transphobia. With special guest speakers, stories, and ending with a candle lit ceremony.

Sunday 22nd November 5pm
Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial at Sackville Gardens, Manchester, M1 3HB

Organised by Sparkle, this free event is for everyone to stand in solidarity with those members of the Trans community who we have lost over the past year through violence, hate and suicide. This event will include readings, a choir and the reading of the names of victims, culminating in a candle light procession to the Sackville Gardens Trans Memorial.