Transgender Day of Remembrance 2010 Nov 20th – call for action
Since 1999, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), on which those trans people who have been victims of homicide are remembered, takes place every November 20th The TDOR raises public awareness of hate crimes against trans people, provides a space for publicly mourning and honours the lives of those trans people who might otherwise be forgotten.
Started in the U.S.A., the TDOR is now held in many parts of the world. Last year the TDOR took place in more than 140 cities in 13 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.
This year, like every year on November 20th, we remember those who have passed away in the last year, who are not with us anymore and who have been interrupted in shining their life on this earth.
This year trans organizations in more than 140 cities in 13 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania already declared to hold TDOR events. In Europe, groups in Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK declared that they will held TDOR events.
Sadly, this year there are more than 160 trans persons to be added to the list to be remembered, mourned and honoured as an update of the preliminary results of Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project – TMM reveals. On November 19th, TMM will provide more data and background information on the reports of murdered trans people from November 20th 2009 to November 19th 2010, including tables and name lists, on the TvT website: http://www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/tvt-project/tmm-results.htm
To mourn together can give trans people and those close to them strength and the feeling of standing together all over the world.
You can make a difference by taking action on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It does not matter whether you are with friends, your group or just on your own.
We want to invite you to show your support by forming a circle!
The circle is the symbol of the eternity of life, showing that those who passed away are still with us. Hold yourself at hands, put candles in a circle, find something round in your streets and lives to symbolize the unity worldwide.
Come together in a circle and show that those who might be missing are with us today.
Our idea is that standing together we symbolically protect each other against the daily aggression and transphobia and that our love knows no end.
Show your support and your action to trans people!
Whether you are at home, gather in a café or have a public debate or discussion: your action counts: Sent pictures, video-clips and description of your actions with your contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it on www.tgeu.org/tdor2010.