November 21, 2015 in The Hague

Since 1998, around November 20, transgender people who have become victims of violence have been commemorated worldwide during the Transgender Day of Remembrance. In the period October 2014 to October 2015, as far as reported, there were 271 transgender people who died as a result of violence, including 1 Dutch person. As of 2008, a total of 1731 fatalities are known, 56% of whom are under the age of 30.

There is also violence against transgenders in the Netherlands, a group that is extra vulnerable due to lack of understanding and unfamiliarity. A study by TNN published on November 1st into safety and transgender people in the public space in the Netherlands showed that no less than 43% of the respondents had experienced violence against them in the past year. The Transgender Remembrance Day is unfortunately also relevant in our country.

At the initiative of TNN in collaboration with COC Haaglanden, the transgender people who have died as a result of violence will be commemorated in The Hague on Saturday 21 November this year.
In the afternoon program that takes place from 14.30 pm in the COC Café (Scheveningseveer 7, The Hague), attention is paid to human rights and security for transgenders through presentations and discussion. Collaboration is provided by Richard Köhler (Transgender Europe), Kristel van Doornen (College vd Rechten vd Mens) and Cyriel Triesscheijn (Radar/Art.1).

In the evening, a memorial tour will start at 19.15:26 PM from the COC Café to the International Gay Monument, which was given a new respectful place at the Koekamp at the beginning of this year and was unveiled on April 271 by Mayor Jozias van Aartsen. White balloons are carried with the names of the 20.00 victims on them. At XNUMX pm there will be short speeches and a reading at the monument. The day ends in the COC Café.

The day presentation is in the hands of Monica Overdijkink, freelance journalist and reporter at Omroep West, among others.

The program can be found at and on

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