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Flag to fly in memory of hate victims; Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Byline: KIRSTY MCHALE ECHO Reporter kirsty.mchale@trinitymirror.com KIRSTYLMCHALE @

MEMBERS of the Liverpool transgender community will come together today to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

Lord Mayor Erica Kemp met with members of the local transgender community at the Town Hall yesterday, where she was presented with the city's first Transgender Flag.

Join the conversation on our Facebook page face book. com/poolecho Liverpool artist Sophie Green, responsible for organising the Transgender Flag, said: "We'd like to thank the Lord Mayor for inviting us to the Town Hall, we talked at length and she was very supportive of TDOR and keen to promote awareness on trans issues."

Dan Stone, chair of transgender support group the Liv Fast Network, added: "When the Town Hall agreed to fly the Transgender Flag for TDOR, the trans community and its supporters quickly came together to raise funds and be involved."

www.theliver The flag will be raised at the Town Hall at 5:15pm today by members of Liverpool's transgender youth groups. Liverpool is only the fourth Town Hall in the UK to fly a Transgender Flag.

A number of events will be held across Liverpool today to mark the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Museum of Liverpool will lay a wreath and host a panel discussion at 3pm, with Merseyside Police, Homotopia and members of the local trans community.

A candlelit vigil will be held at St George's Garden at 7:30pm, where the names of those killed in acts of transgender violence and discrimination will be read out.

FACT will also display victims' names as part of a community-produced film, to be shown in the venue's public spaces throughout the day.

Held every year on 20 November, TDOR remembers those killed due to transphobic violence and discrimination across the globe. According to Home Office figures, the UK saw a 54% increase in transgender hate crimes reported to the police in 2013/14.

For more information follow @LiverpoolTrans on Twitter.

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