The Trans Day of Remembrance UK
Croydon commemorated the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday 17th November at 8pm in St Stephens Church Norbury and Thornton Heath.
It was a remembrance ceremony, and we read a list of trans victims murdered during the previous year, (see www.transgenderdor.org/memorializing-2012) lighting a candle for each of them. But it was also a time to remember Kellie Telesford who was tragically murdered in her flat in Leander Road, Thornton Heath, a short walk from the church, five years earlier in November 2007. An extra candle was lit for Kellie, In Memoriam notices appeared in the local press and those who remembered Kellie were specially welcomed.
Another candle was lit for the lawyer, Sonia, or David, Burgess, who was pushed in front of a tube train in Kings Cross the previous year. LGBT people and others are worse of without the expertise and determination of Sonia's work as an international human rights lawyer.
At the end of the ceremony the table at the front of the church was almost full with 38 candles, a sad reflection of the number of known trans victims this year.
Poetry and music followed the ceremony.
The evening concluded with a time for a bunch of very diverse people to meet and chat over tea and coffee.
St Stephen's is in Warwick Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 7NH.
Father Geoffrey kindly welcomed us as part of the church's mission to be inclusive and shared the reading of the names.
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As last year, we hope to plant flowers in Croydon as a positive memory to those killed.
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The event was supported by Croydon Trans Group www.croydontrans.org.uk and Aurora, Croydon's LGBT Police Consultation Group www.aurora-croydon.org.uk which contains material about Kellie Telesford under 'News'.