Our focus on the Transgender Day of Remembrance has been mostly national in nature. However, the day commemorates lives lost internationally, which this year reach tragically reach as high as 30 known transgender people lost to violence. Recent reports from the United Kingdom are highlighting the ways in which transgender people are being remembered. Along with vigils and marches, some transgender advocates are taking the day to link the high numbers to a lack of non-discrimination laws. Among them are unions, such as the Trades Union Congress (TUC) that campaigns for "a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad." In an article from Gay News UK, the TUC called for an end to discrimination against transgender people in the workplace. In a press release from today, the TUC stated that the murder rates of 2008 directly correspond to a lack of education and protections.
"The murderous attacks on trans people worldwide - and the assaults we know take place in Britain - show that this community faces prejudice and bigotry," said TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said last night. "If Britain is to be a truly equal and inclusive society we need to understand the issues facing trans people, and develop practical steps to end discrimination in workplaces, and in society at large."