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Trans Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2019

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day where we remember and honour the lives of the transgender people we have lost, and renew our commitment to fight like hell for the living. 

This year, the Transgender Murder Monitoring research project has reported that 311 trans people have been killed globally in the past year. Trans folks experience higher instances of violence than any other group. Additionally, this number only accounts for reported cases and does not include incidents of suicide, another epidemic that disproportionately affects transgender people, particularly trans youth

The marginalization of trans people contributes to both the violence this population faces as well as contributing to their risk of self-harm. The recent Mapping the Void survey of 2SLGBTQ+ experiences in Hamilton identified some clear areas where we need to do better. Some examples include:

  • 59 % of trans survey respondents felt unsafe in their neighbourhood
  • Trans respondents reported high levels of poverty, with 45.5% of trans respondents reporting an income of less than $20,000 per year
  • 67.9 % of trans survey respondents reported that they needed to travel outside of Hamilton to access medical care, with 40% reporting that they were denied trans-related healthcare from their primary medical care provider due to their healthcare provider not knowing enough about trans healthcare.  

We can and must do better. So let’s make this Trans Day of Remembrance not just about mourning our losses, but about renewing our commitment to loudly and proudly support and fight for the rights of our trans friends, family and community members. Trans rights are human rights! 

Join us this evening at 10 Pearl Street for a Trans Day of Remembrance gathering