When a baby is born their sex is determined based on the appearance of their biological organs. This is recorded on their birth certificate, ‘male’ or ‘female’. Gender, however, is more about a person’s own individual thoughts and personality, ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. A person’s gender does not always match their identified sex at birth, this is referred to as transgender.
In 2009 Erica Fields and Sharon Brackett created TransParent Day as a day to celebrate the love between transgender parents and their children, and by families with transgender children. The day is celebrated on the first Sunday in November each year, and can be used as an alternative (or as well as) Mother’s/Father’s Day.
Sadly, around the World, many trans people are killed just for being trans. Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in memory of Rita Hester who was killed in 1998, and to honour all the other transgender people who had also tragically been killed that year. Now we pay our respect each year, by lighting a candle to honour those who have died that year on 20 November.