20 November 2021
6:00 pm



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Transgender Day of Remembrance – Reading Vigil 2021

Reading Pride’s MyUmbrella LGBT+, organises the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil in Reading. Once again this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the vigil will be held online across our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on Saturday, 20th November 2021 at 6:30pm.

The vigil is an important part of MyUmbrella’s calendar, as part of an LGBT+ charity we celebrate the diversity of being trans*, although we understand it is important to stand together and fight for more rights and equality not just locally but also in the UK and throughout the world.

As in years past, most of those lost to the ongoing epidemic of fatal anti-trans violence are people of colour, specifically black trans* women. The first TDoR vigil in Reading was held in 2015 with a large attendance across every section of the trans* community and allies.

#TDOR2021 #SayTheirName #NotOneMore #TransLivesMatters #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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Transgender Day of Remembrance [TDoR] was created as a way to remember those who were killed or who have committed suicide due to transphobia (anti-transgender hatred and/or prejudice). The first event was held in November as a memorial for Rita Hester, whose murder on 28th November 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco Candlelight Vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved.

Although not every person remembered during TDoR identifies as transgender – that is to say transsexual, gender-fluid or other variant of gender – each was a victim of violence based on anti-trans bias. TDoR serves several purposes. Firstly, it raises public awareness of hate crime against the transgender community, something often not reported by mainstream media. TDoR also provides a public forum for mourning and honouring the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise have been forgotten. Through the vigil, we express our love and respect for all of our community, in the face of National indifference and hatred. TDoR reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends, lovers, partners and so much more. TDoR gives transgender allies a chance to stand with us in vigil and remember those who have died.


This year we have guest speakers from various LGBT+ support and wellbeing organisations across Reading and the Thames Valley.

  • Bobbi Pickard – Founder & CEO Trans In The City
  • Coffy Lessig – Community Support Manager for Hannah Phillips Real
  • Asifa Lahore – Britain’s First Out Muslim Drag Queen
  • Rachel Eden – Mayor of Reading
  • Jason Brock – Leader of Reading Borough Council
  • Kirsten Bayes – Vice-Chair, Reading Pride
  • Angela Sydney Moore – R-Trans Group Leader, Support U
  • Natasha-Jane Thurlby & Nigel Briers – Diversity & Inclusion at WsM Pride and UKPON
  • Lee Bowditch & Jenny Dewsnap – Co-Chairs, UK Pride Organisers Network
  • Hannah Phillip’s – Not One More
  • Christina Dearlove – Co-Founder, MyUmbrella LGBT+
  • Megan Rodriguez – Chair of Pride Network, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • PC Kelly Doward (read by Christina Dearlove) – Trans Liaison, Thames Valley LGBT+ Police Network
  • Jason Potts & Samantha Howard – T & Coffee Trans Network
  • Amélie Beedham – Photographer, Reading Pride reading a prayer


You can also expect the Rock Choir to be returning with a very special performance recorded at Reading Minster bringing a 43 piece group from, Ascot, Bracknell, Henley and Reading while the 460 known victims of transphobia across the world are displayed on the screen for this section of the vigil.


  • 18:00 Countdown
  • 18:15 Host – Opening Speech
  • 18:16 Speeches Part 1
  • 18:40 Hannah Phillips – Not One More
  • 18:43 Speeches Part 2
  • 19:03 Remembering Our Dead / Rock Choir Performance
  • 19:27 Minute Silence
  • 19:28 Closing Speech
  • 19:29 Credits

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