Belfast Marks International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Belfast Lord Mayor, Arder Carson, has been joined by members of the LGBT community to mark International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Attendees heard personal experiences from transgender people living in the city, discussed ways of promoting tolerance and reducing prejudice and enjoyed music from Quire, a LGBT choir based in the city. 

Belfast City Council's own trans protocol, which outlines the council's commitment as an employer to equality and diversity, was also launched at the event. 

"Today is all about taking time to remember those who have endured, and who continue to endure, suffering and persecution as a result of their gender identity or expression," Councillor Carson said.

"There is a growing transgender community living in Belfast of all ages, genders and backgrounds - all of whom have the right to a peaceful life, free from discrimination and prejudice. 

"Our council is committed to creating a city where residents feel valued, included and safe. This event shines a light on the continued need for greater equality and acceptance, as well as highlighting our own commitment to extending those values to everyone working on behalf of the city."

Belfast City Council's trans protocol will be available online at belfastcity.gov.uk/equality from Wednesday 25 November.


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