Council honours Transgender Day of Remembrance
Today (20 November) Gloucestershire County Council is flying the Transgender Pride Flag half mast over Shire Hall, to honour the memory of transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance, which encourages communities to come together and remember all those whose lives were lost to violence, victimisation and discrimination that year. It is also a chance to learn more about the violence affecting the transgender community.
Globally, 350 transgender and gender-diverse people have been reported killed in the last year, which is a 6% increase compared to the previous year. In the UK, Home Office statistics show that there has been a 16% increase in transgender hate crime in England and Wales in 2019/20, compared to the same period in 2018/19. Four transgender and non-binary people lost their lives in the last year, and the youngest was only 15.
In 2019 the council’s LGBT+ network Prism launched a Trans Ally Pledge for all staff. Since then, hundreds of employees and councillors have signed up as trans allies, pledging to respect people's gender identities, pronouns and names, and committing to learning more about issues facing people who are transitioning or who are gender diverse in some way. Earlier this year, Prism was also awarded South West ‘Network Group of the Year’ by Stonewall for their work in promoting LGBT+ equality throughout Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council.
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “Today we are flying the Transgender Pride Flag to honour and remember all those who have lost their lives because of anti-transgender violence.
As an organisation we are committed to standing up against all forms of discrimination and hatred that targets individuals based on their gender, sexuality or any type of difference. Many staff have already signed our Trans Ally Pledge, and we will continue to work to make sure the county council is an inclusive environment for everyone, including trans staff and service users.”
Every year the Gloucestershire LGBT Partnership organises memorial events to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year you can light a candle and take a moment for private prayer and reflection at:
- St Mary de Crypt Church, Gloucester, from 12-2pm
- Bayshill Unitarian Church, Cheltenham, from 11am-1pm
- Online vigil, from 7-8:30pm
If you are attending in person, please wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser provided at the door. You can register your interest and find full details here.
- If you are a victim of hate crime, you should report it by calling 101 or by filling out this online form for Gloucestershire Constabulary.
- Get help from your local victim support team, who can provide emotional and practical help whether or not you’ve contacted police.
- Mindline Trans+ offer an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone who identifies as transgender, non-binary or genderfluid. They also offer support for family members, friends, colleagues and carers.
- Galop support all LGBT+ people who've experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence.