What is International Transgender Day of Remembrance and why is it so important?

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11/21/2019

Today, November 20, is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to honour and remember the many lives lost to transphobic violence. Trans allies across the country will be marking the day with a series of events to highlight the suffering experienced by the transgender community worldwide. Because the rate of transgender hate crimes has risen by 81 per cent and shows no sign of stopping. Anti-trans stigma, denial of opportunity, increased risk factors and lack of support networks combine to create a culture of violence against trans people which all too often results in their deaths. Over the last year a total of 331 transgender people are known to have been murdered across the world, and there are likely to be many more that were not reported.

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