We’re flying the Transgender pride flag for the first time to show our support to the Transgendered Community on this Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).

TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence, and began an important tradition that draws attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

The Council, along with partners: Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Community Health Services and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, attended the Council House to observe the flag, and show support to the Transgendered Community – remembering those who have been killed or suffered violence as a result of transphobia.

Though it’s hard to believe that it’s still necessary to highlight crimes and violence against our transgendered community, sadly it is. In 2017 the Home Office revealed the largest increase in hate crimes since 2011, and in the past year there have been 369 killings of trans and gender-diverse people reported, making it more important than ever to show our support to all communities.

If you have been the victim of a hate crime, you can find out how to report it, and get support online.