Today marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to respect members of the transgender and gender variant community who have been murdered worldwide.
Officers and staff from Cleveland Police have organised a walk and events in partnership with Teesside University and the Stockton charity, Trans Aware to mark the day of remembrance.
The walk will start at Blue Clock in Redcar and finish at Teesside University with the purpose of remembering those who have lost their lives and also raising awareness of the transphobic violence occurring in the world today.
Community Cohesion Coordinator Laura Thurman, from Cleveland Police, who organised the walk said: “Between October 2016 and September 2017, 329 transgender or gender variant people were murdered as a result of violence due to their gender identity.
“Today is an important day to honour those who have been unlawfully killed and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.”
Cleveland Police, The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Middlesbrough Council, Teesside University, Trans Aware, representatives from the transgender community, members of the public and film-makers from Stockton Riverside College will all participate in the walk.
Following the 11 mile walk, Teesside University are hosting a Tree of Remembrance which will hold the details of those who have died as a result of violence due to their gender identity. Everyone is welcome to attend to pay their respect and write messages of hope to place on the tree. The afternoon at Teesside University will then conclude at 5.15pm with a candlelit vigil.
Trans Aware have also organised an event at Arc in Stockton commencing at 6:30pm where respectful entertainment from local performers will be there to celebrate life and honour those who have lost their lives. The evening will end with a final reading of the names of those murdered.
Posted on Monday 20th November 2017