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Transgender Day of Remembrance: reflection & commitment

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As members and allies of trans, Two-Spirit and queer communities, the team at Trans Care BC stands in solidarity with people throughout the world on Transgender Day of Remembrance (Monday, November 20, 2017).
We are saddened by the hatred and violence that many trans and Two-Spirit individuals experience throughout their lives, and how systemic oppressions impact the living, the dead and those who are victims of suicide. 

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website raises awareness about the ongoing murder of trans people. Every year, a vast majority of individuals on this list are trans women of colour, living below the poverty line. Trans Care BC is aware that discrimination and poverty negatively effect the lives of many trans people in BC, and therefore, we are committed to improve access to welcoming, competent and safer health care for transgender people across BC. 

We honour trans-centered and trans-inclusive programs throughout the province for their life-saving work, along with the many trans, Two-Spirit, queer and allied individuals who have volunteered countless hours to support our communities. 

This can be a particularly difficult time of year for many people and we recommend intentionally making time for practices that help you stay resilient such as socializing, expressing yourself creatively, honouring your spirituality, eating delicious foods or moving your body in ways that feel good for you. 

If you would like additional supports for your mental well-being, some free and low-cost counselling services are listed below. These resources can also be starting points for finding additional practitioners and resources:

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