On 20 November we remember the trans people who have been killed as a result of transphobia and acts of anti-transgender violence over the past year.
Today at the Students' Union we are commemorating Trans Day of Remembrance. This is observed annually on 20 November to remember the trans people who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the level of prejudice trans people experience.
Today at 5pm QM LGBT+ Society will be holding a vigil in the Students' Union Hub Social Area, all are welcome to attend. We have also created a space for reflection with candles available throughout the day for personal remembrance and reflection.
Today matters. We recognise that the trans community still face many barriers as well as the transphobia which is still sadly prevalent in our communities. Many countries still do not recognise the trans community.
84% of trans people consider suicide, whilst 48% attempt suicide. 7% of students have been physically attacked by a member of their university for being trans and 39% of trans students would not feel confident reporting transphobic bullying to university staff.
Reflecting today allows us to think about the actions against trans people, the lives lost to anti-trans violence and how we can all work together to address these inequalities and make a positive impact for all our trans and non-binary students and staff
Read more on Transgender Day of Remembrance on the glaad website