Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a global event held on 20 November every year honouring the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

City community events

Two community events are being held in the city on Sunday 17 November to mark this year’s day of remembrance.

All trans, non-binary, intersex and gender-variant folk, and allies are welcome. 

A service is being held at the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church between 1.30 and 2.30pm, as a space of faith and belief. It will include a singing performance from Rainbow Chorus and RC+. 

The BMECP Centre in Fleet Street is hosting an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost between 3 and 7pm. The event will include a community buffet meal, sharing of creative work, space to socialise and a quiet space and 

The organisers wish to thank all those involved in the community consultation and, in particular to partner groups Trans Pride Brighton, QTIPoC Narratives, and English Collective of Prostitutes. 

These events have kindly been funded by Trans Pride Brighton & Hove and The Clare Project. Support and signposting is also being provided on the day from MindOut. 

Both venues are wheelchair accessible. Please note these are sober events. 

Statement of unity and support from the city’s Equality & Inclusion Partnership 

“Brighton & Hove is recognised as a beacon for Trans and Non-Binary communities and a welcoming city where we are able to be true to ourselves, to live authentically and celebrate the strength that real diversity, respect and community support brings to us as a city.

“As a mark of respect for this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance in the city, the Equality and Inclusion Partnership would like to express our condolences for all those lost to trans violence across the world.

“To our trans and non-binary communities we, once again, stand firmly alongside you in marking Trans Day of Remembrance. You are our trans friends, family, colleagues, students, customers, employers, neighbours and children and we work hard to defend your right for full inclusion and trans equality.

“We recognise the challenges and increasing hostility directed at trans and non-binary communities and how harmful narratives are attempting to change conversations, policy or the direction of full inclusion and fairness.  We are staunch in our commitment to full equality and the pursuit of a fairer city for all. We are proud to celebrate our city’s diversity and offer support and solidarity.

“Everyone deserves to be valued and treated with respect. That is not open to debate. Trans lives are not a debate.

“In Brighton & Hove we are proud of our commitment for trans equality.

“We welcome you to join us on this important day, to show your respect for those harmed and killed by violence and to work to ensure our communities, all our communities are supported and protected regardless of their identity.”

Supported by members of the Equality & Inclusion Partnership (EquIP): 

  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • Sussex Police
  • University of Brighton

Our trans and non-binary inclusive approach

We’re proud of being a diverse city, and the council is committed to equality and inclusion for all people including our Trans & Non-Binary residents.

The city’s Trans Needs Assessment and Trans Equality Scrutiny group which identified the Trans & Non-Binary community as a vulnerable group and highlighted the need to remove the stigma and build relationships. 

We are aware of an ongoing interest in our Trans & Non-Binary inclusive approach. We know from a range of evidence that gender is more complicated than is traditionally recognised.

Our equality and inclusion strategy rightly supports those who are experiencing greatest disadvantage. We will work together to advance equality and inclusion for Trans & Non-Binary communities. We aim to do this in partnership with national and local organisations and communities.

Reporting anti-social behaviour or hate incidents

We encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour or hate incidents, including Transphobia, harassment or distress due to their gender identity, to report it. 

You can do that using our online anti-social behaviour and hate incident reporting form or by contacting our Community Safety team by emailing communitysafety.casework@brighton-hove.gov.uk or calling 01273 292735.

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