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Sinn Féin MEPs commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 November, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Today, Transgender Day of Remembrance, the four Sinn Féin MEPs honour those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan, says

"Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

"The Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform and publicly mourns and honours the lives of those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

"Earlier this year Dr Lydia Foy was nominated by the four Sinn Féin MEPs for the European Citizens Prize, which she subsequently was awarded, due to her tireless campaigning to get the Irish State to introduce the Gender Recognition Bill.  

"We need more advocates and champions like Lydia and it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.

"The 10th Trans Day of Remembrance Ceremony takes place tomorrow, Saturday 21st November at 8pm in the Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephens Green, Dublin. This event is a celebration of Trans lives and a remembrance ceremony for those who have lost their lives as a result of being Trans." ENDS

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