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Supporting Transgender Day of Remembrance

17 Nov 2021

For the ninth year running our University will mark Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) to honour those who have lost their lives to transphobia in the last 12 months

Transgender Day of Remembrance

This collaborative event between our University and St Peter’s House takes place on Thursday, 18 November – as Transgender Day of Remembrance falls on a Saturday. We are delighted to welcome URC Minister Alex Clare Young who will lead this event.

The event has been organised to demonstrate a respectful way to honour those who have lost their lives to transphobia in the last 12 months.  We are very fortunate to live and work in a society and community which embraces all people and we hope this event will enable people to understand the barriers still faced by the trans community as well as the transphobia which is still sadly prevalent. 

The number of countries with laws and legislation which recognise gender identity and expression is increasing, but many do not recognise the trans community.  

Whilst the event is a time for reflection and commemoration we will also be looking forward to the positive changes we can influence over the next twelve months. 

Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Hackett says: "We acknowledge that Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is a difficult and emotional time for our trans staff and their community.  We want to use our event on 18 November as a time for reflection and respectfully paying tribute to those who have lost their lives due to transphobia in the last year. 

"Reflecting in this way also makes us think of how we ourselves, at The University of Manchester, can address inequalities for our trans and non-binary staff and students and what we can do as a whole to combat transphobia.  We already have robust reporting systems such as Report and Support, and our network group ALLOUT are always available to support any member of the LGBT community.  Further strides are also being made to ensure our trans and non-binary colleagues feel safe and respected on campus – we are currently finalising a new trans policy and have recently published new guidance and FAQ’s.  So please take the time to think about the actions against trans people in the last 12 months and how we can all work together to support trans rights not only in Manchester, but around the world."

If you are unable to make the event, then are other things you can do. We have University guidance, a short video on barriers faced by trans colleagues and members of staff can even become a trans ally through our ALLOUT Allies Scheme.