Council honours Transgender Day of Remembrance

Published
19.11.2021

On Saturday 20 November Gloucestershire County Council are honouring Transgender Day of Remembrance by flying the Transgender Pride Flag.

Trans day of remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals and those perceived to be transgender, who have been murdered because of hate. It is also a chance to learn more about the violence and discrimination affecting the transgender community.

Globally, 375 transgender and gender-diverse people have been reported killed between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, which is a seven per cent increase compared to the previous year. Shockingly, 96 per cent of those murdered globally were trans women or transfeminine people.

In the UK, Home Office statistics show that there has been a 3 per cent increase in transgender hate crime in England and Wales in 2020/21, compared to the same period in 2019/20, totalling 2,630 reported offences. Of these offences:

  • 34 per cent were Public Order offences, for example, threatening loud and disruptive public behaviour or display of threatening written materials;
  • 39 per cent were stalking/harassment;
  • 18 per cent were violence against a person.

In comparison to the national picture, 16 transgender hate crime offences were reported in Gloucestershire during this time, which is the lowest rate in the south west and joint second lowest rate in England and Wales.

Gloucestershire Constabulary Chief Inspector, Richard Pegler, said, “Transgender hate crime can have devastating consequences. We want to foster a culture where everyone feels confident and able to come forward and speak up when they are a victim of crime, even if they want to do so anonymously, and we are working with many organisations from across the county to get that message out there.

“Being abused because of your gender identity is simply not acceptable, we will listen to you, take you seriously and make sure you get any support that you might want. Being different is something to be valued and celebrated and no one should suffer for it.”

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said, “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. 

“Although the transgender hate crime statistics for Gloucestershire are the lowest in the region, we will continue to demonstrate inclusive attitudes, lead by example and stand by the LGBTQ+ community – that way we can make a difference to the lived experience of all those that live, work and visit the county.”

In 2019 the council’s LGBTQ+ 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.

Gavin Roberts, assistant chief fire officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and lead Ally for Prism, said, “While we are reassured transgender hate crime in Gloucestershire is comparatively low, we are acutely aware of the intersectionality behind the issue. What we notice about the statistics globally is transgender hate crime is not only disproportionately affecting trans women, but also those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

“Transgender hate interlinks with racism and violence against women, and that is something as a society I feel we need to address urgently. It’s important that we use these opportunities to come together, not only to remember the lives which have been lost, but to work together to promote a more inclusive, diverse and equal future.”

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:

  • Saturday 20 November; St Mary de Crypt Church, Gloucester, from 2pm - 3pm

If you prefer, you can support Transgender Day of Remembrance at home by safely lighting a small candle.

Support available:

  • 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.
  • You can report anything you see anonymously through Crimestoppers or call any time, day or night on 0800 555 111.
  • 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.

 

 

Sources:

Link to the Home Office statistics for hate crimes:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2020-to-2021

Link to the global statistics from Transgender Europe’s monitoring, mapping and research:

https://transrespect.org/en/tmm-update-tdor-2021/

 

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