Transgender Day Of Remembrance is observed globally to memorialize those who have died as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence and struggle endured by the transgender community.
There will be two major events in Dublin today to mark Transgender Day Of Remembrance.
At 5.30 pm today, there will be a demonstration at Leinster House in Dublin, organised by This Is Me – Transgender Healthcare Campaign Ireland, a grassroots campaign demanding adequate, safe and best practice access to healthcare for all transgender and non-binary people in Ireland.
They are asking that attendees bring along a pair of shoes to represent a trans person in Ireland, who may not have survived.
The shoes will be placed “outside the Dáil”, and will “show our government just how many people we have lost to their enforced system of diagnostics and waiting lists.” Signs and placards are also welcome at the demonstration.
“It appears that our government do not understand the fact that the lack of support for trans people, be it mental or physical health, is fatally affecting our community.
“We hope to see you there, for a silent, impactful, peaceful demonstration,” they wrote on Facebook.
“Join us to commemorate the lives that have been injured and lost due to transphobia. Despite great advances in LGBT equality, many in the trans community still experience violence, discrimination and stigma. On a global level, many trans women, particularly trans women of colour and sex workers, are murdered. This must end,” they wrote.
The ceremony will include candle lighting, reflections and songs.
“This is not only a commemoration but also a celebration of life. Let us all work to ensure better lives for trans people in Ireland and everywhere,” they added.
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