The annual international Transgender Day of Remembrance is coming up and here is how you can get involved at Canterbury Christ Church University.
TDoR, on November 20, honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, focusing on the atrocities that have been projected onto members of the trans community.
The university will be holding a free event on the Canterbury campus, by Dr Chryssy Hunter, to discuss and ‘reflect on the meaning of violence in the context of sex-gender-variant people, and how this could inform a truly intersectional approach to our activism and politics.’
Click here, to find out more information and book your free place.
Due to the struggles and problems that trans people face on a daily basis, we have chosen to keep those quoted anonymous.
A transgendered student from CCCU said: “I think it’s great. It’s important to remember the lives of those we have lost to the unfair amount of prejudice and violence aimed at trans people.”
“There’s a long way to go in the fight for equality”
She continued: “It means a lot that we have a day to come together a remember those of the community who can’t be with us anymore and a reminder that there’s a long way to go in the fight for equality.
Another person was upset that the awareness day was even created, saying: “[I’m] angry that it is needed, as we shouldn’t need one.
“We need it because of bigots […] either killing transgender people or them taking their own lives because of the persecution they face.”
Day 10: Use non-gendered language. As more and more people identify as neither female nor male, our language needs to become more inclusive. #30daysofaction #TDOR #Trans https://t.co/XIfHoZTOCKhttps://t.co/AXq1LT4fHz pic.twitter.com/jONo3eK3EF
— FORGE (@FORGEforward) November 10, 2018
Cities all around the UK are hosting TDoR vigils, to remember and celebrate trans-gendered people who lost their lives due to discriminatory violence.
If you would like to find an event near you to attend, many gatherings have been organised through Facebook and other social media platforms. Alternatively, CCCU are holding a vigil at the Chapel on November 20th at 5pm, see below for more details.
Keep your social media updated and spread the positive message by using the hashtag #TDOR.
Jamie Harris, President of Wellbeing at CCSU said: “Transgender Day of Remembrance should be a day to show support for our Trans community within the university.
“We should use this day to show solidarity with the many Trans people who suffer through hatred, violence and bigotry and raise awareness of how we can make change in educating students and staff with transgender issues that may arise.
“We should use this day to show solidarity with the many Trans people who suffer through hatred, violence and bigotry”
“LGBTQ+ society will be running a cake sale on Monday 19th from 10am-4pm in Touchdown in aid of the Mermaid UK charity, so if any students are around be sure to head there to grab a cake and find out more information about what they do.
“Students are welcome to show support throughout the day and some of the ways they can get involved is to attend events being run at the Uni.
“CCCU in conjunction with the chapel are putting on an event to honour the lives lost to hatred and violence.”