Today marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Everton Football Club will be proudly flying the transgender pride flag at Goodison Park before lighting the stadium in blue and white tonight in support against transphobic hate crime.
A day of events are planned across Liverpool as the city lights up in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR); an annual event remembering those who have been killed or have taken their own lives due to transphobic violence or discrimination. In 2016 this list included 295 names.
In a show of solidarity with the trans community, Everton will be joined by other key organisations from across the city including Merseyside Police, Liverpool One and LJMU as they light the skyline of Liverpool with the colours of the transgender flag.
Everton Football Club and its official charity is committed to encouraging equality and diversity and was only last week awarded the inaugural ‘Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion Award’ for its continuous efforts in making football in the North West more accessible and inclusive.
The Blues’ Equality and Disability People Partner, Michelle Kirk, said: “As a Club we ensure we encourage an inclusive atmosphere for all and are proud to work with the LGBT community to help remove discrimination and prejudice. We are proud to work alongside the TDOR Committee to raise public awareness of prejudice and hate crimes against transgender people.”
Liverpool will be hosting a series of events on the day, culminating with the TDOR Vigil in the evening at Exchange Station at 6pm with speakers from across the community in attendance before a candle lit vigil to remember some of the countless lives lost.
Prior to the vigil, Liverpool Town Hall will be hosting its fourth annual transgender flag raising event at 4pm where there will be a reception with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool followed by a flag raising ceremony at dusk.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialise the murder of Rita Hester, a trans women in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception 19 years ago, TDOR has slowly evolved from the web-based project start by Smith into an international day of action, observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.