Help promote Trans awareness – observe the Trans Day of Remembrance
TDoR is one of the annual key dates in the LGBT calendar which looks to raise the visibility of Trans people and the issues they face so that we can all address them. The day is also an opportunity to reflect and remember the victims of the transphobic hate and violence that continues around the world today.
2017 has seen much debate about who Trans people are, where and how they engage with our communities and society. Much of this has been done in exclusion of Trans voices and with little regard of their views and experiences of the lives that they live every day. We can all help to change this by speaking up WITH, not FOR, Trans members in our union, our communities and in wider society.
Since 2008, more than 100 murders of Trans people have been recorded in Europe. In addition, nearly half of Trans people under the age of 26 said that they had attempted suicide, 30% of whom said they had done so in the past year.
In the workplace
In the workplace nearly 50% of Trans people are not living permanently in their preferred gender role because they fear it might threaten their employment status. On top of that, a quarter of Trans people will feel obliged to change job as a result of the harassment and bullying that they experience due to transphobia in their workplace.
These attitudes continue to remain an issue in many workplaces across the UK today, even within employers where we as a Union organise, and many where the public might think them to be a flagship or exemplar employer for LGBT issues.
Supporting Trans members
PCS Annual Delegate Conference this year passed motion A78 which called on the Westminster Government to fully implement the ‘Transgender Report, which provided over 30 recommendations on improving Trans equality here in the UK.
PCS, as a Union, believes that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender and/or gender identity. We encourage all PCS members to stand with our Trans members, and the wider community, in speaking out against and challenging transphobic hate as an injury to one is an injury to all.
- Many towns and cities across the UK host an event as part of the Trans Day of Remembrance, notably at the National Trans Memorial in Sackville Gardens, Manchester which will be held on the 19 November.
- We encourage members to go along and support their local TDoR event (where applicable) to show their solidarity with our Trans members and the wider Trans community.
- Members can also support TDoR via social media using the Photo Opp card, using #TDoR. Please tag @pcs_union and @pcs_proud to allow us to share your images.
- Send details / photos from your event to Equality: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members can also join PCS Proud. PCS Proud is the national equality network for LGBT members in PCS.
Membership is open to all PCS members and associate members, whether you identify as LGBT or an ally of the LGBT community.