Monday 20 November is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).
TDOR is observed annually to honour the memory of people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence and raise awareness of the immense suffering and harm caused by transphobia.
To show our solidarity, we will be flying the Trans flags from Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall.
Coming together as a community
People are invited to join our Trans, Nonbinary and Intersex community at a special event on Sunday 19 November at 11.30am in the Ledward Centre, BN1 1GE and the nearby Jubilee Square.
The event aims to bring people together to remember community members who have passed away over the past year.
There will be speakers and performances in Jubilee Square alongside a digital name ritual and a community lunch.
Community members and allies are welcome and an experienced BSL interpreter will be available on the day.
There will also be a livestream of the speakers and performances. If you’d like to attend the event virtually, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zero tolerance for transphobic violence
Councillor Leslie Pumm, Chair of the Equalities, Community Safety & Human Rights Committee, said: “We stand firmly behind our trans community and mourn alongside them as we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“This occasion brings attention to the devastating effects intolerance and transphobia have on communities and individuals, who wish nothing more than to live as their most authentic selves.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the attacks, demonisation and questioning of identities, human rights and simple existence of trans people often have tragic consequences and lead to real harm.
“There will never be tolerance for transphobic violence, discrimination, harassment or hate of any kind in Brighton & Hove.
“We wish to improve, listen and be challenged on our journey to becoming a beacon city, which provides understanding, accepting and safe home to all our residents.”
Our trans and nonbinary inclusive approach
We’re proud of being a diverse city and the council’s commitment to equality and inclusion for all people, including our trans and nonbinary residents. Brighton & Hove stands in full solidarity with the trans community, in our city and beyond, in its struggle for safety and equality in all aspects of their lives.
The city’s Trans Needs Assessment and Trans Equality Scrutiny group which identified the Trans & Nonbinary community as a group made vulnerable by our society, and highlighted the need to remove the stigma and build relationships.
We are aware of an ongoing interest in our trans & nonbinary inclusive approach. We know from a range of evidence that gender is more complicated than is traditionally recognised.
Our equality and inclusion strategy rightly supports those who are experiencing greatest disadvantage. We will work together to advance equality and inclusion for trans, nonbinary & LGBTQ+ communities. We aim to do this in partnership with national and local organisations and communities.
Reporting hate crime and anti-social behaviour
Everyone in Brighton & Hove has a right to feel safe.
We are committed to supporting communities harmed by hate crime.
We encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour or hate incidents, harassment or distress due to their identity, to report it.
We’re working with trusted community partners to offer an option of reporting hate incidents to them in a confidential safe space.
- Rainbow HubLedward Centre, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1UU Phone: 07714 782585 Open: 11am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday
- Possability People Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1JE Phone: 01273 894 040 Open: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
- Racial Harassment Forum Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG Phone: 01273 234 017 or 07563 389482 Open: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday