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Between 1 January 2008 and 30 September 2017 Transgender Europes Murder Monitoring (TMM)* identified 2609 trans and gender-diverse people worldwide reported as murdered. In 2015 there were 271 murders, in 2016 that number increased to 295 people, and in 2017 it has increased further to 325 people.
Transgender day of Remembrance #TDOR is held on the 20th November each year by trans communities worldwide, it consists of rallies, vigils, marches and memorials to those murdered, subjected to violence or hate.
TDOR is an opportunity for people to come together, to remember, to heal. The day is one of visible recognition of injustice too. To highlight sometimes lacking public awareness of, or media attention to, the neglect by certain countries and societies in their response to transpeople being murdered, subjected to violence or hate.
TDOR is a day for people to collectively grieve openly but also to celebrate the resilience of those living, and standing up against hate. It’s a day for communities to reach out to those affected by anti-trans violence, hate and bias. Today is also a day of building relationships; to create better understanding between communities and organisations, it is a show of solidarity. We therefore thank all those who stand by our side today, showing their support. The message we send today is, “ There is no place for hate. We stand here, united, visible and resolute against those who hate. And for any victim of hate, no matter how you may feel, you are NOT alone. Support is here, if you need it”
* TvT research project (2017) “Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM)TDoR 2017 Update”, Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide TvT project website: http://transrespect.org/en/trans-murder-monitoring/tmm-resources/
Stopping hate starts here! Our Hate Crime Ambassadors recently met up to refresh, review and revise their skills. Its important to ensure we are fully equipped and able to help and support victims of hate.
Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime? Learn how we can support you here.
It’s not everyday you get a letter in the post inviting you to Number 10 Downing Street to rub shoulders with the Prime Minister. But thats exactly what happened to Gina, the founder of Transpire.
The reception was about showing how the government supports the LGBTQ+ community and invited representatives from all over the UK.
London Pride is an amazing event and we were really excited to be taking part in this years parade to raise awareness of Transpire and our mission for supporting trans people, their family and friends and the wider LGBTQI+ community.
We organised a coach to transport our supporters to the event (and get them back home safely after). Flying the flag with pride we marched through London holding hands in solidarity for what we believe in, that no one should feel isolated. For some of our members it was an emotional and overwhelming experience to be cheered by the thousands of people that came out to show their support. The love and positive energy was an amazing experience both during and after the parade.
From all of us at Transpire a big thank you to everyone that made London Pride 2017 an awesome experience. See you next year!
We were at Essex Pride again this year, joined by even more of our members. It was fab meeting so many new supports and enjoying the great energy and vibe of the event. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a video instead!
If you weren’t already in the know the ‘Great Get Together’ is a national event in remembrance of Jo Cox. Her belief that there is more in common with the people around us than divides us.
Transpire took part in this event by organising a BBQ at Shoeburyness East Beach. We were joined by fellow members of the group, friends and family as well as a whole host of other groups in our local community.
It was a beautiful hot summers day, the air was filled with the scent of delicious BBQ food and people were dipping their toes in the sea. What really topped it were the many awesome people that made it on the day, taking part in games such as tug of war, giant jenga, singing and doing the limbo dance. Here are some comments of people that made it on the day.
“I thought it was a wonderful day. Fantastic relaxed atmosphere with people from different walks of life. It was also great to see people who weren’t involved coming over and joining in” – Jess.
“I thought that it was a very relaxing and fun day. It was really nice seeing everyone come together, I felt at peace as I was being myself and the environment was very friendly. I was speaking to quite a few people that weren’t local to the area, so it was interesting to know that a range of people who came to the event were from different places.” – Ivy B.
“A fabulous community event full of happiness and laughter. To see so many people from different backgrounds coming together to embrace this event and seeing total acceptance to everyone made it a brilliant relaxing fun filled day.” – Lindsey
The staff at Basildon Council did an LGBT charity cake bake for LGBT history month and the proceeds (over £180) were donated to Transpire on Thursday 23rd March, when we attended the Basildon Centre. There the Mayor, David Harrison handed over a very BIG cheque. We had a chance for a photo, with the Mayor, Cllrs Terri Sargent and David Burton–Sampson and Ndunge Kivuitu the driving force in all things diversity at Basildon council! Of the Cake Bake, Cllr Sargent said, “It was lovely to see so many people take the time and effort to bake their own cakes to bring in for the sale. All the entries demonstrated brilliant creativity and I’d like to thank all the bakers and everyone who contributed to donations by buying their tasty creations. We hope that this donation helps this continue to provide the invaluable support they (Transpire) give.”
The money which the generous people who supported the LGBT cake bake have donated will really help Transpire have financial resilience to provide much needed support to our membership. We will use the donations to help increase people’s confidence and reduce feelings of isolation. We aim to reduce the approximately 40% higher rate of suicide by the trans community, who suffer isolation, hate incidents or domestic abuse. Any donations like this are really are gratefully received.