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Hate crime victims are remembered.

Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com

VIC V TIMS of transphobic hate crimes were remembered at a candle-lit vigil in Middlesbrough last night.

Supporters from the gay, lesbian and trans community gathered at the town hall for the first time, to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

The names of men and women who have lost their lives as a result of hate crime in the last year around the world were read out, allowing friends and family a chance to share memories and offer one another support.

Teesside University stuUniversity stu T -dent "Lucy" was among those paying their respects at the service. She said she was "pleased" the event had been organised in her home town.

"It has been a bitter sweet evening for us here tonight," said the 30-yearold psychology student. "It was good to see so many people together and to listen and share our experiences, but we were also here to remember those who have sadly lost their lives for just being who they want to be.

"Thankfully the transgender community is building nicely in Middlesbrough and I hope it continues."

The TDOR was organised in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Middlesbrough (LGBT), by Ellie Lowther, Hart Gables Domestic Violence and Abuse Service, and the Cleveland Transgender Association (CTA). TA). T The CTA is a network TA is a network T providing support, information and advice as well as seeking to break down some of the false perceptions of what it is to be transgendered.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was first held in 1998 and now takes place annually on November 20 in more than 20 countries, and 185 cities around the world.

Speaking at the vigil Ellie said: "The TDOR is important, both to remember those who have passed and to send out a clear message around the world that targeting trans people and making their lives a misery must stop.

"It is a sad but special day for people who identify as trans, their allies, family and friends to get together and support each other.

"We are here to remember those who have been killed or have taken their own lives due to abuse and hatred, as well as those who are simply unhappy and scared to speak out."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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