This Friday (20 November) is International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) – commemorating all those killed by transgender hatred and the many more trans people whose lives are blighted by discrimination, hatred and prejudice.
To mark the day, Birmingham LGBT and Birmingham City Council’s LGBT Employees & Allies Network are sponsoring TDOR Birmingham on 20 November at the Penthouse on Bromsgrove Street from 6 – 7.30pm. Speakers include organiser Megan Key, Birmingham City Council’s Chief Executive – Mark Rogers, Chief Supt Johnson from West Midlands Police and Dep Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito. They will be joined by performers and musicians over the course of the evening. Afterwards there will be a buffet, fully staffed bar, an opportunity to network and music until late.
Earlier in the week the community met with Birmingham’s Lord Mayor and presented Birmingham City Council’s LGBT Employees & Allies Network with a Transgender Pride Flag to use at events such as TDOR, LGBT History Month and Birmingham Pride.
Organiser Megan Key said: “The time for the transgender community is now. More and more of us are flourishing, achieving and leading rich, fulfilling lives and that is cause for celebration. TDOR is an opportunity to show the world that we do not accept discrimination and violence. That by standing together with our allies, love will always be stronger than hate. Our message to trans people is that you are worthy, you are loved and the world is much better with you in it.”
Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Raymond Hassall, added: “Birmingham City Council is fully committed to equality for all people and works with its equalities team and the LGBT Employees & Allies Network to support the transgender community.”
For further media information about the TDOR event contact Steph Keeble at Birmingham LGBT on 0121 643 0821
For further media information about Birmingham City Council’s LGBT Employees & Allies Network contact Debbie Harrison at Birmingham City Council’s Press Office on 0121 303 4476
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Photo caption – Back row L-R: Ian Hyde (Shout Festival – Birmingham LGBT) ; PC Gary Stack, (Chair of West Midlands Police LGBT Network); Peter Hay (Strategic Director for People & LGBT Champion, Birmingham City Council);
Middle Row L-R: Sara Yorke; Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall; Carl Marshall; Cllr James McKay.
Front Row L-R: Nigel McKnight (Chair of Birmingham City Council LGBT Employees & Allies Network); Christine Loch; Izzi Johnson; Marie Dobinson; Megan Key (Organiser of TDOR Birmingham)
No photography at the event unless permission granted by subjects. This is to protect the identity of guests who may not wish to be photographed.