BC dioceses marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 23, 2021 by

by Anna Greenwood-Lee, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia:

As you may know, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international observance on November 20 to honour those who have been lost due to transphobic violence, and to recommit to taking action to protect those who are vulnerable. Ceremonies and vigils are a tradition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance; some will be in-person, and others will be held virtually.

It should give us pause to know that 73% of gender-diverse and two-spirit people report experiencing violence due to transphobia; physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual. In just the past year, over 400 trans and gender-diverse people have lost their lives due to interpersonal and systemic transphobia and bigotry, including one individual in Canada and nearly seventy in the United States (the second highest reported country). The majority of transgender victims are misgendered in police and media reports of their deaths.

As Anglicans, we are called to transform unjust structures of society, and challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation. This year some in our diocese will be taking part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which was first launched by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. As we prepare to engage in the 16 days of action, I invite you to pause on November 20 to consider those whose gender diversity has been a source of pain, violence and hate.

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