The international Transgender Day of Remembrance which is held on the 20th of November every year to commemorate victims of transphobia. On that occasion Trans Iceland, the Icelandic Trans Organization, and The National Queer Organization (i. Samtökin ’78) have organized a programme at Fríkirkjan (church) at Fríkirkjuvegur 5, Reykjavík tonight at 20pm.
Even though gays and lesbians have gained full legal rights Iceland, trans people have still a far way to go. For example Althingi, the Icelandic congress, has still to pass a new bill proposed by the Minister of the Interior, which makes it illegal to mock transgender people and provides them legal protection. Besides many trans people simply fall outside the scope of the law and are met with malice and discrimination. Trans Iceland therefore encourages everyone to show support by coming to the event tonigt.
Doors open at 7.30pm
8pm – Formal welcome
Speech from Jón Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavík
Speech from Ugla Stefanía, chair of Trans Iceland
Speech from Elísabet Þorgeirsdóttir, social worker of the late Horst Goda
Línus Orri will play a few songs
Anna Kristjánsdóttir, Ómel and Örn Danival will share their stories
9pm Lighting of candles
Formal events end. Trans Iceland invites everyone for coffee and cake at Samtökin ’78 (Laugavegur 3).
No entrance fee.