Honouring those on Transgender Day of Rememberance
November 21, 2022
On November 20 of every year, the Upper Grand District School Board, alongside the rest of our global community, honours the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
From the department of Women and Gender Equality Canada, it has been reported that in 2020, 259 people in Canada from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities were the target of police-reported hate crimes based on their sexual orientation – the highest rate since 2009.
The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, issued the following statement for TDOR, “the Government of Canada recognizes the magnitude of the challenges trans people face. Too many have paid with their lives or endured unacceptable discrimination for living their truth and expressing themselves as they are.”
Although Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) for many in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community is a day of mourning, it is also an opportunity to celebrate of the lives that have been lost.
On this day, it is important for us as a community to highlight the struggle, the courage, and the resilience of trans people.
At the UGDSB, we stand with transgender communities and support the right to live in a society free from anti-transgender bigotry and violence.
You can learn more about the transgender communities at these resources below: