The federal government will for the first time officially recognise the international Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

Now in its 10th year, the day has gained recognition following a motion from Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

The day commemorates those who have been killed and injured as a result of anti-transgender hatred and in particular Rita Hester, whose murder in Boston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998 sparked the Remembering our Dead project.

The Transgender Day of Rem-embrance serves several purposes, the Gender Centre’s coordinator Phinn Borg said.

It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and publicly mourns and honours the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten.

The Gender Centre has held a commemorative event every year since 2003 and this year will be no different, Borg said. Details are still to be confirmed.

info: For further details call the Gender Centre on 9569 2366.

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