Staff from local mental health charity, Norfolk and Waveney Mind joined together with Evolve from MAP and St John the Baptist Church on Timberhill to organise a midday service, for Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember people who have died due to transphobic violence around the world.
Jen Alexander, Gender Identity Practitioner at MAP said: “MAP’s trans support service, Evolve, is delighted to once again come together with St John’s to observe the international Transgender Day of Remembrance, with a relaxed event and memorial which is open to all – supported also this year by Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s LGBTQ+ Project. This is an important annual opportunity to honour those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence and hate crime around the globe and also for bringing the trans community and our allies together in solidarity, sending out clear messages of zero tolerance of transphobia and hope for a future of acceptance.”
Michelle Savage, Project Manager of Norfolk and Waveney Mind LGBTQ+ Project, said: “Transgender people suffer a shocking amount of discrimination and abuse. Around the world, 331 people have died as a result of transphobic violence in the last year.
Here in the UK we know that transphobia can have a huge impact on people’s mental health - almost half (48 per cent) of trans people have attempted suicide at least once and more than half (55 per cent) have been diagnosed with depression at some point.
We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. It was a poignant service and we were pleased to see so many people stay afterwards for a delicious bowl of soup and a chat.”
Rev Richard Stanton, Parish Priest, St John the Baptist, Timberhill said: "It's a privilege for us to host this service for Transgender Day of Remembrance at St John's. We want to provide with open arms a welcoming place in which to remember, celebrate and look forward in hope. We aim for the service to be a warm and sensitive opportunity for people to be united in diversity, to participate in whatever way feels appropriate to them and to experience the faith, hope and love which this church exists to proclaim.”
For further information about Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s LGBTQ+ Project, please contact Michelle Savage, Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org