Northern Pride, which also organises the annual Pride festival in Newcastle, has teamed up with a number of LGBTQ+ organisations in the region to host a service for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, November 20.
Held at Baltic Square from 6.30–8pm, the community-led event aims to raise awareness and pay respect to people who have lost their lives around the world.
The evening will feature a number of readings, speeches and performances from invited guests and members of the LGBTQ+ community and also be streamed live on Pride Radio 89.2FM.
Other organisations working alongside Northern Pride, include: Be: Trans Support and Community, ReportOUT, Northern Heart, Ability Events, Northern Proud Voices, Rainbow Foundation, LGBT+ Northern Social Group and Trinity Youth.
Ste Dunn, Chair of Northern Pride, said: “Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time when we can remember those we have lost and show our support for people all around the world who are facing discrimination for their gender identities.
“Part of the service will include reading the names of those who have lost their lives over the last 12 months and, as many transgender people find themselves without the support of their families, it’s really important that we come together to commemorate them.
“It is vital now more than ever that we stand in solidarity with the transgender community and the vigil is open to anyone who would like to attend.”
Katie Marshall, Chair of Be: Trans Support and Community, added: ““Transgender people are disproportionately more likely to experience hate crimes and violence, just for trying to live their lives.
“We hope the service will increase visibility surrounding the issues facing the community and also celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us.”
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