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Trans Day of Remembrance: UK Government Flies Trans Flag For First Time

Trans Day of Remembrance: UK Government Flies Trans Flag For First Time

Trans Day of Remembrance: UK Government Flies Trans Flag For First Time

"We must continue to make further progress and ensure all members of our society can live their lives free from fear, and able to fulfill their potential,” said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

In a hugely significant first for a community often rendered invisible and voiceless, the trans flag was flown atop a government building in the United Kingdom today in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The flag was raised above the Department of Education building, located in central London. 

Speaking with Buzzfeed News, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stressed the importance of the move: 

“I’m proud that for the first time a government department is flying the transgender flag – a mark of respect for all transgender people who have suffered discrimination and lost their lives due to hatred, violence, and prejudice.”

“We have come a long way when it comes to raising awareness and increasing support for transgender individuals. But we must continue to make further progress and ensure all members of our society can live their lives free from fear, and able to fulfil their potential.”

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbin, added:

“We remember those who have tragically lost their lives and offer our condolences on this day to their loved ones. And in remembering them we offer our solidarity to transgender people and others fighting for equality everywhere.”

And Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green party, said: 

“Today is a day to remember, mourn and honour the 271 trans persons murdered in the past year. It is an absolute outrage that so many transgender people across the world have been killed this year simply for being who they are."

Read the full story on Buzzfeed News.

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