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Transgender Day of Remembrance in Reading 2016

Published: Friday, 18th November 2016 by Christina Dearlove

Reading's 2nd TDoR vigil takes place Saturday, 19th November from 7.30pm

This year's event has been created by MyUmbrella and supported by Reading Pride and Rebecca Fox. The event is to take place on Saturday, 19th November 2016 from 7:30pm at Trooper Potts Memorial near Forbury Gardens.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual event held on the 20th November. It first started in 1998 following the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African-American woman from Massachusetts.

Everyday Trans people are victims of transphobia (the verbal or physical assault, derision or belittling of trans people and their plight) and this is something that must be stopped. TDoR aims to remember those victims of transphobic crimes, abuse and non-acceptance. Many communities across the UK will come together to remember those victims who have died this year.

Christina, one of the founders of My Umbrella said:

Transgender people have existed since the dawn of mankind and in some cultures, transgender people are revered, yet in western society we are stigmatised and held to ridicule for simply wanting to be true to ourselves. Thankfully attitudes are now starting to change to one of far greater acceptance by most fair-minded people, but we have a long way to go still.

This is a free event for everyone to stand in solidarity with those members of the Trans* community who we have lost over the past year due to transphobic violence, hate crimes and suicide.

This is the second TDoR event in Reading; the event will include readings, a poem and the reading of a list of victims' names.

Click Here to find out more about this event.