In the last year, 375 transgender and gender-diverse people were reported murdered around the world.
November 13-19 is recognized as Trans Awareness Week. It is a week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender-diverse people and address the issues these communities face.
Muskoka Pride invites the community to participate in recognizing the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Saturday, November 20 at Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst (290 Muskoka Rd. N.) starting at 7 p.m.
The event both celebrates the diversity of transgender life and honours those who have lost their lives in the past year.
The event will include a special TDoR service with Rev. Carol-Anne Chapman, followed by a community gathering hosted by Muskoka Pride. Proof of vaccination will be required along with face coverings. Snacks will be provided.
The local TDoR event will include screening the names of the reported 375 trans and gender-diverse people who were victims of transphobic violence between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. These are just the names that were reported – the actual number of deaths is thought to be much higher. Since 2008 (when records started being kept), a total of 4,042 deaths have been reported worldwide in 80 countries.
For further information on this and other Muskoka Pride events, go to www.muskokapride.com or visit the Muskoka Pride Facebook Page www.facebook.com/muskokapride.
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