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Events in Cyprus to commemorate victims of transgender violence

A series of events is being organised to commemorate 2015 transgender victims organised by the “Trans Community Action Group” of Accept-LGBT Cyprus, the NGO said on Tuesday.

The 2015 Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR), commemorated annually on November 20 to remember victims of transphobic violence, will be marked by a series of free events in Nicosia and Limassol on November 21 and 22 respectively.

The events are intended to raise awareness about “the rights, needs and continuing injustices committed against transgender individuals in society, who include all whose gender identity does not match their biological gender, and who often, although not always, seek to alter their bodies to better represent the gender they identify with”.

A statement said that like lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals, trans persons are often discriminated against socially, professionally and personally, and frequently face family rejection and isolation, barriers to healthcare and the changeover of their official identifying documents, as well as the threat of physical violence and murder.

TDOR was started in 1999 by the activist and transwoman Gwendolyn Ann Smith, following the 1998 murder of African American transwoman Rita Hester.

This year, the trans action group of Accept is organising living library events in Nicosia on Saturday, November 21 and in Limassol, on Sunday, November 22, in which transgender volunteers will be available as living ‘books’ to be ‘borrowed’ by members of the public, who will then be able to ask transgender-related questions and receive answers from the volunteers, based on their own life circumstances.

Each living library event will be followed by a free screening of the transgender-themed feature film Romeos (2011), directed by Sabine Bernardi, (in German with Greek subtitles), and a panel discussion on trans issues thereafter.

The itinerary is as follows:

 

NICOSIA, Saturday, 21 November 2015
at the Ground floor of ‘Politis Newspaper’ (8 Vasiliou Voulgaroktonou Str, 1010 Nicosia)
Time: 16:00 – 23:00, Free Entrance
PROGRAMME
16:00 – 19:00 Human Library (exclusively trans-themed)
19:30 – 19:45 Speeches
Costas Gavrielides, President of Accept-LGBT Cyprus

Melina Triggidou, Ombudsperson Office

Xenia Georgiadou, Civil Registry
19:45 -23:00 Film Romeos, (2011), by Sabine Bernardi, duration: 94 min
Followed by an open discussion
LIMASSOL, Sunday, 22 November 2015

at KEY – Innovation in Culture, Education and Youth, (7 Epikourou Str, 3026 Limassol)
Time: 16:00 – 23:00, Free Entrance
PROGRAMME
16:00 – 19:00 Human Library (exclusively trans-themed)

19:30 – 19:45 Speeches
Costas Gavrielides, President of Accept-LGBT Cyprus

Aristos Tsiartas, Head of the Authority Against Racism & Discrimination
19:45 -23:00 Film Romeos (2011), by Sabine Bernardi, duration: 94 min
Followed by an open discussion

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