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Trans Day of Remembrance vigils—20 November

17 November 2023

On 20 November the Trust is recognising Trans Day of Remembrance with vigils across both sites. All are welcome to attend.

On 20 November we are recognising Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). On this day the trans community and allies gather to remember the trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people who have lost their lives to violence in the previous year.

This year, that number is 392 people, including 5 from the UK.

We know that events such as TDoR can be very triggering to the community and we understand that this event might not be for everyone, however we urge allies to the trans community to please come down and show solidarity with us in this difficult time. We invite you to attend the TDoR vigils, which will be held across both our main hospital sites. There are also a number of external events, details of which are below.

Trust vigils

Times: 11:30am in West Mid Chapel and 3pm at Chelsea Chapel
Who for: All staff and patients

2 vigils are being held across both hospital sites for Trans Day of Remembrance. Join us for a simple service including a reading of the names of the transgender people who have died by violence over the past year. Participation is encouraged in sharing the task of reading the names and lighting a candle.

External vigils and events

New Unity and Pride@CNWL vigil

Time: 6:30-7:30pm (doors open 6pm, event starts 6:30pm sharp)
Who for: All staff

New Unity and Pride@CNWL are also holding a memorial to observe Trans Day of Remembrance. It is a hybrid event and can alternatively be accessed on Microsoft Teams

The event is free, the venue is fully accessible and refreshments will be provided.

Trans Day of Remembrance vigil Soho Square

Not A Phase are hosting the main London TDoR vigil in Soho Square, central London, from 6:30–8:30pm. There will be a candles, a reading of names and some incredible guest speakers and guests from the community.

Trans Day of Remembrance in the National Art Library, V&A Museum, South Kensington

Time: 4–5pm
Who for: All staff and public

An opportunity to unite and celebrate the unique contribution to the visual arts trans people have made, TDoR is a poignant annual event to honour the lives lost around the world as a result of anti-trans violence.