Leeds LGBTQ+ community are coming together to remember victims of transphobia.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Transgender Remembrance day. A day were the LGBTQ+ community honour transgender people who have suffered anti-transgender violence.
Throughout the day in Leeds various charities and organisations have set up events, from a vigil in Leeds General Infirmary to a pop up exhibition held in Great George Street.
Leo from the community organisation Non-Binary spoke about the importance of the day: “Trans day of remembrance is a chance to mourn but it’s also a chance to confront our own privilege and think about what we’re doing to support the most vulnerable people in our own communities.” He added: “A lot of us hold grief in our hearts that today gives us the opportunity to address.”
Transgender remembrance day is not only a day to mourn the loss of members of the transgender community but also to focus on the violence they face everyday.
Rainbow Alliance founding member Kate Ward spoke more on this: “The continued violence experienced by this community worldwide is harrowing and we must observe this poignant day to reflect and remember this”.
Kate expressed how people could help the end to violence towards transgender people. “We all need to take a stand against the transphobia-based violence which our trans and gender-diverse communities are subjected to every day and make the world a safer place for them to live their lives.”
Transgender remembrance day will end with a candle lit vigil in Park Square this evening Along with a gathering at Wharf Chambers after.
All members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as allies and others who wish to join are more than welcome to attend this evenings service.