‘We still have a lot to do’ - Bristol group reflect on Trans Day of Remembrance 2021

Bristol group thanks those for taking part but says day is reminder of how much work is still required.

<p>UWE LGBT+ held a vigil to mark Trans Remembrance Day 2021. (Photo: UWE LGBT+/Facebook)</p>

UWE LGBT+ held a vigil to mark Trans Remembrance Day 2021. (Photo: UWE LGBT+/Facebook)

The group representing the LGBT+ community at the University of Western England (UWE) in Bristol has thanked everyone who took part in a special vigil on Friday.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed around the world on November 20.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us today in paying our respects and standing with the trans community at our remembrance vigil.” said UWE LGBT+ .

“Today is so important for memorializing those we have lost, reminding us of the injustices many trans people face, and how far we still have to go before trans people are safe and accepted across the world,” added the group.

Trans Awareness Week 2021

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Trans Awareness Week is November 13-19 every year. It is a week in which organisations and people around the world participate to raise visibility for transgender people and address the issues the community faces.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) describes the trans remembrance day as: “an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.”

Transgender Day of Remembrance was first started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.