(Community Recognition Statement, 1.16pm 20 November 2013, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
This week marks the thirteenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is a worldwide event to remember transgender people who have experienced violence, hatred, abuse and discrimination.
The transgender community experiences higher rates of suicide and crime victimisation. A survey last year found that 87 per cent of Australia's transgender community had experienced stigma or discrimination and one-third had been threatened with violence.
I commend the Gender Centre for its 30 years of providing support to members of this community and for its support of the Transgender Anti-violence Project. A peer-based organisation is vital to help people transitioning, provide community education and support families, especially partners and parents. A Transgender Day of Remembrance event will be held at Parliament House on Friday. I encourage members to attend and learn about this community's needs and how they can help. I have purple ribbons available in my office for members to wear to show their support.