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Counter Culture / November 15, 2021

Ceremony celebrating lives of trans and non-binary lost this year

Image by Lina Simonian on Unsplash
Counter Culture / November 15, 2021

Ceremony celebrating lives of trans and non-binary lost this year

Words: Dylan Murphy

The annual ceremony of remembrance takes place Saturday 20 November at 20.00 at Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Coinciding with the international Trans Day of Remembrance, the 16th annual Gender Identity Ceremony of Remembrance will take place in the capital to commemorate trans and non-binary lives lost in the past year.

Organised by Trans rights activist, Lynda Sheridan and Sara R Phillips, the non-denominational ceremony marks the first in person event since 2019.

Speaking on the Facebook event for the ceremony, they’ve said, “This remembrance was inspired by people whom i met and some who have died simply because of a gender identity, and some who are living very inspiring people who continue to like myself be out there in public simply living a true life…”

Taking place in the Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green it comes in a year with unprecedented reports of violence against trans people. According to a new report from Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT), “2021 is set to be the deadliest year for trans and gender-diverse people since we began collecting data, with 375 registered murders between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. This represents a 7% increase from the 2020 update, which was already a 6% increase from the 2019 update.”

The annual ceremony of remembrance takes place Saturday 20 November at 20.00 at Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Find more information about the ceremony on their Facebook Event page.