Friday 31st March marked the 8th International Trans Day of Visibility celebrating the trans community and raising awareness of issues faced by trans people.
The GMB union responded to this call by holding their first Trans Day of Visibility event, ‘Trans Vision: Beyond Binaries’, at their offices in central London.
Speakers at the event included, Rebecca Fox, IT and business woman, LGBT campaigner and patron of national transgender charity, Sparkle.
LMMN attend the event and asked Rebecca Fox why it is important to hold of a Trans Day of Visibility.
We also spoke with audience member Clair Barnes about the significance of TDOV for her.
Events like the one at the GMB are seen to be of particular importance in a year when US President Donald Trump ended protection for transgender students brought in under Barrack Obama’s administration.
#ICYMI: Donald Trump revokes guidelines on transgender bathrooms in schools https://t.co/BB9wchn8Is pic.twitter.com/3XyHMlM0S6
— ABC News (@abcnews) February 23, 2017
The trans community are reported to be at a much higher risk of attempting suicide according to a survey by the National Centre for Transgender equality (NCTE) covered by the Guardian in February 2017.
Hate crime against trans people have risen with eight trans women murdered in the US alone this year.
Many more murders and assaults are occurring in other countries leading to an increasing fear within the trans community for their personal safety, tweeted here by the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Brazil leads world in #trans murders. The urgency to #protecttranslives is not limited to the US, it’s worldwide! https://t.co/ABiO10hY3d
— EJAF (@ejaforg) March 23, 2017
International Transgender Day of Remembrance will be on 20th November this year with events being held across the world.
For advice, support or information about any of the issues raised please contact LGBT Foundation.
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