November 20th is the annual International Trans Day of Remembrance, on which we remember those people who have been murdered during the past year simply for being trans (see here and here for more information).
We have a new event for 2014. At 2:00pm on November 20th the Trans Flag will be raised above City Hall by the Lord Mayor, The Right Honourable Councillor Alastair Watson. This will be a public event, and all are invited (including the media). As far as we know, this is the first time that the City Council has acknowledged the trans citizens of Bristol in a public event. [Facebook event]
In the evening, the traditional Day of Remembrance ceremony will take place. Because City Hall is currently undergoing renovations, our usual room is not available. Instead the ceremony will take place at the Pavilion on the Harbourside, just beyond the Lloyds TSB building. A map showing how to get there is available here (PDF). [Facebook event]
The small picture on that document shows that the main entrance to The Pavilion is via a staircase. However, there is a lift available at the back of the building. We will do our best to keep an eye open for people with mobility difficulties.
We have The Pavilion from 6:00pm. The plan is to start the Ceremony of Remembrance at 6:30pm, and to be finished by 7:30pm. Bristol University is planning its own remembrance event, which will be timed after ours to allow people to attend both if they so wish.
The Ceremony of Remembrance is a private event for trans people, their friends, family and allies.
As with previous years, tea lights will be provided for those who wish to light candles, but feel free to bring your own.
The cost of hiring the venue has been paid by the Rainbow Group, the LGBT network at the City Council. We are very grateful to them for this.
LGBT Bristol has arranged the booking for us and will be providing refreshments and nibbles. Once again our thanks to them for their assistance. Some of their staff will be on hand after the ceremony to talk about the Hate Crimes service and any other support issues that trans people in Bristol may have.
Bristol University will be having their own Remembrance Ceremony outside of the Victoria Rooms starting at 8:15pm. Details are available on Facebook.
Shout Out Radio on BCFM will be broadcasting on the evening of the 20th, and if all goes to plan will have coverage of the flag-raising ceremony. They will be on air during the Ceremony of Remembrance so won’t be able to cover that.
In addition Council Equalities Officer, Simon Nelson, will be on the Women’s Outlook show on Ujima Radio from 12:30pm to 13:00pm on Wednesday 19th. Simon will talk to Cheryl Morgan about the Day of Remembrance events and how the City Council can better help Bristol’s trans citizens.