Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Additionally, the week before TDOR, people and organisations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." – Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Not Alone video screening and virtual event 

On 20 November, Not Alone Plymouth will release a video to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will hold an online gathering in the evening on Zoom to allow people to come together and share their thoughts, feelings, and reflections on the day. 

The video will contain a full name reading by members of Devon’s transgender and non-binary community, and will have words from Not Alone Plymouth, Luke Pollard MP, and other community leaders of Plymouth. 

We hope this allows you to observe the service in your own time, and if you want to share any thoughts or reflections, join us in the evening where space will be given for you to do so.

To attend this event register via our Eventbrite page and receive access details. 

Understanding transgendered people’s experiences of hate crime

University of Plymouth undergraduate alumni and current postgraduate student of the School of Law, Criminology and Government, Katie McBride (nee Pratt) is undertaking research to understand experiences of violence and hate crime in everyday life for people who identify as transgender.

Katie is interested in hearing from anyone who has in the past or currently self-identifies as transgender. Katie’s research recognises the breadth of identities that such a label can encompass and as such you will not be excluded if you identify your gender as something other than transgender but nonetheless as outside of societal notions of gender as fixed and binary.

For more information please contact Katie McBride in confidence.

Gender-neutral toilets

The University of Plymouth supports our trans and non-binary staff and students in using the toilets they feel most comfortable in. You have every right to feel safe in the toilet you choose.

If you would prefer to use a gender-neutral toilet then use this map to find your closest one. Bullying, harassment and discrimination is never tolerated; if you experience any problems or have any concerns then contact us at equality@plymouth.ac.uk.

LGBT+ breathing spaces

Research carried out by the charity, Stonewall, found that members of the LGBT+ community have a higher than average prevalence of mental ill health, which can be attributed to a range of factors such as discrimination, isolation and homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

The University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Forum has launched a network of breathing spaces across campus to allow any LGBT+ person to go somewhere quiet to pause, relax and decide what to do next.

If you would like your work area to become a breathing space, please email LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk and find your nearest breathing space.

Powerful TransYouth Video

As we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, TransYouth have released a video featuring trans people between the ages of 16 and 24. This extremely powerful video was created with social change company Shape History and in partnership with Jake Graf, a trans director and activist.

“As someone who grew up without any positive trans role models, I had long wanted to give a voice and platform to the new wave of brave, inspiring and visible young trans faces and activists.” said Jake Graf.

Watch the video on YouTube.