Today, November 20, is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Check out this link for international event listings.
If you’re in Toronto, you can attend this event:
519 Church Street Community Centre
Join us for this annual event which marks and commemorates those trans members of our communities who are no longer with us. This event serves as a memorial, a protest, an opportunity for reflection and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones.
The 519 acknowledges not only transphobia as a root cause of violence in our community, but also the various forms of oppression in our culture that increase violence, and limit protections for many members of the trans community. We remember everyone lost to transphobia, racism, ageism, ableism, sex-worker stigma, classism, HIV stigma and homophobia.
Violence has impacted our communities and is not only an intentioned act - it is also an act of neglect. Violence affecting trans communities includes cuts to social spending, and depleting the social safety net.
Violence impacting trans people includes the ever decreasing pool of social services that leaves the marginalized members of society struggling on their own without affordable housing, without access to nutritious food, without access to necessary health care services, without sympathy from a Canadian government that deports trans women and men to their countries of origin even when violence will be waiting for them on their homelands.
The impact of violence on the trans communities is pervasive. For many the vulnerability is constant.
The 519 is a wheelchair accessible space, with accessible and gender neutral washrooms. Trans Day of Remembrance will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.