A number of events are planned for Derry today to mark the 17th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The aim of the commemorations is to remember those who have been lost as a result of transgender hatred or prejudice. The Rainbow Project in Foyle will mark the day with a series of events, led by the project’s own local transgender group, Transderry.
The events begin at 12pm with a remembrance service in the Garden of Reflection with Padraig O Tuama.
Following this at 12.45pm there will be a Walk of Remembrance to Pilot’s Row, and immediately after at 1pm there will be the launch of Transderry’s photographic exhibition in Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilot’s Row
In addition,The Rainbow Project has worked in partnership with Affirm NI to have prominent places in the city lit up purple for the Day of Remembrance.
A spokesperson for the Rainbow project said: “Through TDOR we hope to raise public awareness of transgender inequality, and honour the memory of transgender people throughout the world who might otherwise be forgotten.
“It gives transgender allies a chance to step forward, standing in vigil and solidarity, and working together towards an inclusive society for all people, free from discrimination and hate.
“We will also be celebrating the launch of The Rainbow Project’s trans specific youth group, a group dedicated to providing a safe social space for all trans, non cis, non binary, gender queer, gender variant or questioning young people 25 years old and under.”
Anyone who would like more information concerning this new group, or who would like to register for it, is asked to contact Colleen O’Neill, Youth Development Officer on 71283030 or firstname.lastname@example.org