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Trans Day of Remembrance: a time to stand up for equality as we honour those who have gone

“On 20 November, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honour the memory of the hundreds of transgender people whose lives have been cruelly cut short in the past year due to unspeakable acts of hatred and violence,” said Assembly’s General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people, Jonas Gunnarsson, today.

“In the last year, nearly 300 killings of transgender people have been reported around the world. More than 100 reports of murdered trans and gender diverse people have been recorded in Europe in the last 8 years. Yet by all accounts, these statistics are only the tip of the iceberg. Transgender people are confronted with staggering levels of violence in their daily lives, and many other transgender killings go unreported, or are not reported as transphobic crimes”, he added.

“We must never accept such brutality. As we remember and honour the victims of transphobic violence who are no longer with us, I would like also to celebrate the courage and spirit of the millions of trans people and their allies who stand up every day to protect and promote equality. This is the only way forward to dignity and acceptance for all”, Mr Gunnarsson concluded.