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Go purple on Friday

You are invited to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance this Friday between 12 noon and 10.00pm.

This is an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the needs of the trans community and a sombre time to remember and mourn for the members of the community we have lost around the world to hate crimes motivated by transphobia over the last 12 months.

The day is being run in partnership with the Students’ Union, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Student Society, Salford City Council, SALFOOD, Sparkle and Out in Salford.

We are encouraging yourselves, members of staff and attendees to wear purple on the day to show their support. So, go through your wardrobe and dig out all the purple you can find.

A wide range of free events will take place in the Students’ Union Activities Hub and Faith Centre in University House, culminating with a candlelit vigil at the end of the evening on the lawn area in front of University House, led by the Rev Phoebe Grace. A plum tree will be planted in the grounds to symbolise the colour purple, with which trans people identify.

The day’s events:

12-1pm: Gender Identity Training – informal basic training to help you understand the various pronouns and terms that surround the transgender community to make you feel more confident around Trans and non-gender binary people. Don’t know what that means? Come and find out!

1pm-2pm: Sparkle: A Transgender Festival – every year for a decade, the world’s largest transgender event has been held in Manchester. Sparkle will talk to us about dysphoria, transition, employment and medical.

2pm-5pm: Transgender Film Festival - in association with Queer Media Ltd, we’re showcasing a range of short films based around transgender topics, ending the session with a feature film – A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story.

5pm-7pm: Gender: The more you know - Salford’s LGBTQI+ society will be hosting a session by students, for students, exploring a range of subjects ranging from genderqueer to famous trans figures.

 7pm-10pm: Remembrance Ceremony - join us in gathering together to remember and commemorate all those who have suffered from transphobia. Special guest speakers, stories ending with a candlelit ceremony.

SALFOOD will be giving out free purple drinks during opening hours in Maxwell or Allerton restuarants and using purple napkins throughout the day. 

We want this day to be a unilateral show of support for trans people so all are welcome. We are also keen for people to help out on the information stalls - whether trans or supporters. If you are interested, please email a.pile@salford.ac.uk