Trans people who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice were last week commemorated at the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sydney.
Harassment and violence suffered by trans people goes largely unreported. However, a La Trobe University survey of 6,000 LGBTI people in 2006 found that 46.9 percent of trans females and 29.4 percent of trans males had been threatened with violence.
And while the mood at Sunday’s day of remembrance was sombre, the discussion focused on the small gains made by trans activists and the need to continue fighting for equal rights.
Those who took part in the public forum included the Greens’ David Shoebridge, Labor’s Penny Sharpe, CAAH’s Rachel Evans, trans activist and well-known psychotherapist Dr Tracie O’Keefe, and local identity norrie mAy welby.
Jade Starr, lead singer of rock band Dreadcircus, told attendees it was a pretty full-on day, noting that there was time for remembering, but also cause for celebration.
We’ve come a long way already. Eventually people will remember we are all human, she said.

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