Belfast City Council marks International Transgender Day of Remembrance
21 Nov 2017
Those who have lost their lives to transphobic injustice and violence were remembered yesterday at a special event in City Hall.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, marked International Transgender Day of Remembrance at an event highlighting the challenges facing those who identify as transgender and those who have lost their lives. A one-minute silence was led by Linda Ballard, from All Souls Church.
“Today is all about taking a moment to remember those who have endured, and who continue to endure suffering and persecution as a result of their gender identity or expression,” said Councillor McAllister.
“There is a growing transgender community in Belfast of all ages, genders and backgrounds - all of whom have the right to a peaceful life, free from discrimination and prejudice.
“Our council is committed to creating a city where residents and visitors feel valued, included and safe. This event shines a light on the continued need for greater tolerance and acceptance, as well as highlighting our own commitment to extending those values to everyone working in Belfast City Council,” added the Lord Mayor.
Issues affecting the transgender community from both a younger person and older person’s perspective were highlighted and attendees also enjoyed a performance by Quire, a LGBT choir based in Belfast.