Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

(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.

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!