This November 20th, Trans Action Warrang will be holding a Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil outside the Hub in Newtown, 6pm for a 6:30 start and finishing around 8pm.
A number of trans speakers will reflect on the issues we face and the tragedies that have befallen our community.
Please bring LED candles if you have them for the candlelight vigil at the end of the night.
Line up and accessibility information to be posted shortly.
We really want to harness the power of Trans Day of Remembrance to mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
TDOR is a yearly event that seeks to memorialise and recognise the lives lost to transphobic violence in the past year. The history of TDoR is based in a response to violence shown towards black and Latinx trans people, and especially sex workers. It has been running since 1999 and it is an important date for trans and gender diverse people globally.
This event will take place on the unceded land of the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge that issues that effects transgender people, disproportionately effect First Nations trans people, Brother Boys and Sister Girls due to the of the ongoing affects of colonisation and racism.
There is a racialised, and gendered, nature to the murders of trans people and recently Mhelody Polan Bruno, a Filipina trans woman was killed in Wiradjuri country. We see this as part of the a system of colonial racism and misogyny that disproportionately affects transgender WoC around the world.
This event will be by the community, for the community and aims to draw attention to the systemic nature of violence against trans people that creates the conditions for trans deaths by murder or suicide, as well as other types of violence trans people face.
Trans Action Warrang works to dismantle this systemic violence by our list our demands. You can read them in our mission statement here: https://bit.ly/2BTxABh
We acknowledge there is an existing TDoR event that privileges the inclusion of the NSW Police Force, and gives them organisational input into that event. We therefore seek to create a community-based event for TDoR that does not do this. Trans Action Warrang does not believe that the NSW Police Force shouldhave any special position on this day which is primarily for and by the trans community – and especially given that the NSW Police Force continue to incarcerate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at record rates alongside trans and gender diverse people and other minorities.
*Description from the organisers*