The University of Exeter LGBTQ+ Society are hosting a vigil on the 20th November to mark the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event founded in 1999 by Trans Activist Gwnedolyn Ann Smith to mourn the murder of Rita Hestor. Since then, Transgender Day of Remembrance has taken place every year on the 20th November.
The event will mark the end of the Societies fundraising as part of Transgender Awareness Week and all proceed will be donated to Mermaids, a charity that provides family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.
During the vigil, the society will host a variety of speakers, performers and activists and will finish with the lighting of candles and the reading of the names of Transgender individuals who have passed away across the last year.
Marcus Juniper, Social Secretary of the LGBTQ+ Society, told Exeposé
“A Trans Day of Remembrance vigil is a fantastic way for us all to take a moment all those we have lost, and also for us to raise both awareness of the issues Trans individuals and funds to help Trans youth who disproportionately face homelessness and acts of violence.
This is a project that we are all very passionate about and are keen to see as many people supporting as possible.”
More information is available at their Facebook event page for more information and ways to get involved.