The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), also known as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20, and it has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.

以上資料來自:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender_Day_of_Remembrance

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我們在黃埔差館里的中心不知不覺已經開設了11個多月,在接收該位置時,我們已跟捐贈者定好於2018年9月 期滿時需要交還給業主,我們亦已於9月9日搬往新蒲崗的一個較小型的辦公室繼續工作。但由於去年的基金申請不太順利,我們亦因經營中心付出了更多的人手,以至籌款項目未能如期進行,現在於缺乏經營資金下,我們基本上以接近零員工運作下去,餘下的工作大部分以義工去承擔。因此,新中心不會經常開放,如需探訪,請提早預約。

以下是新中心地址及聯絡訊息:

新蒲崗五芳街8號利嘉工業大廈11樓42室
附近交通:鑽石山地鐵站A2出口行約7分鐘/四美街巴士總站行約5分鐘
* 來訪者到達11樓門口,請按對講機042再等待接通,我們的房間在入門口右手邊直行到尾左轉便是。

辦公室電話:+852-8203-2100 (如未有人接聽時請留言)
電郵:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Time flies, our center located in Station Lane, Whampoa had been opened for more than 11 months. We had made an agreement when receiving the property with the donor to hand it back to the landlord at the expiration of the tenancy in September 2018. On 9th September, we have already moved to a smaller office in San Po Kong. Due to the application of funding last year not going smoothly. Also, an increase in deploying human resources into the center operation, the fundraising event cannot be held as scheduled. As a result, we are currently lacking funds and basically running the center without staffs but volunteers. Therefore, the new center is not going to open often. If you want to visit us, please kindly make an early appointment.

The new Center address and contact information are listed below:

Address: Room 42, 11/F, Lee Ka Industrial Building, 8 Ng Fong Street, San Po Kong
How to get here: Approx. 7 minutes walk from Diamond Hill MTR Station Exit A2/Approx. 5 minutes walk from Sze Mei Street Bus Terminus

* Visitors arrive at 11F, please press 042 on door-phone and wait for a response. After that, please turn right, walk straight to the end, and our room is located right at the left-hand side.

Telephone no.:+852-8203-2100 (if no one is answering, please leave your message)
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GATE (Global Action Trans Equality) have released a post regarding WHO removing trans-related categories from the chapter on mental health at the International Classification of Diseases. The GATE Team believed that the aforesaid modification made by WHO is very problematic as it contributes to naturalize stigma associated with mental health issues and ignores the reality of trans and gender diverse people with mental disorders.
 
For more information please check out https://wp.me/p8AH0y-BM

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Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Pride Line (2217-5959)

Hi Everyone , we are going to start a 24-hour Hotline for LGBT community and their families. We can be reached at (2217-5959). Our service will start on 27 Jan 2018 (Sat). You are more than welcome to call us if you need help or even just want someone to listen . We are here for you. If you would like to meet people and have a chat , join our activities which we run regularly. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Established on 1st July, 2008, Transgender Resource Centre (TGR) is the long-established non-profit organization dedicated to serving the transgender communities in Hong Kong and Mainland China. In its ninth year, TGR finally has a space to call its own - a street-facing, easily accessible locality in the friendly neighborhood of Whampoa.
The new venue offers a positive and supportive space for the trans community as well as hosting all kinds of resources across the board of the trans experiences, including support group, counseling, mental health, parenting and family, faith, and much more. 
Psychiatrist Dr. Mak Kai Lok, Gregory has been vital in making this new venture possible: “As a psychiatry specialist, I’ve seen over the years a lot the inner pains and struggles the transgender people have to endure. Their life journey is a grueling one, which I wish to walk with them through, offering them some kind of care and support.” 
“…I’m also glad to see TGR continuing its operations in the new space. I hope by having a trans community center at work within the community at large, more people would learn to understand the trans people and discard their prejudices, thus allowing for more tolerance and acceptance in helping the trans people live a happy, healthy life,” Dr. Mak remarks. Dr. Mak was involved in transgender individuals’ psychological assessment since 2008. He also assisted them in their transitional period, especially in building up healthy self-esteem.
 
We all live in the same city, yet the trans people face a very different life: rejection by friends and family, discrimination at school, at work, disrespect, and harassment when opening a bank account and accessing health care, by public bodies and law enforcement agencies. Such individual and institutional discriminations are the results of laws and policies that create inequities or omission of trans people from benefits and protections afforded others and have already been found to induce stress which links to suicide attempts.
 
It’s time Hong Kong addressed all these problems and caught up with international standards and good practices in the field of recognizing and protecting the rights of sexual minority. The Government has earlier put forth a consultation paper on gender recognition, yet what shared and debated are widely disparaging views. While the consultation will soon be over, how may the government and the society be steered towards the right direction? Former Legislative Council member Ms Emily Lau Wai-hing has been one of the few gender advocacy forerunners in Hong Kong, and here is her advice: “We have to lobby for support and validation from the public, so that they’d at least not be in opposition. We’d therefore need to get into dialogue with different sectors, hoping that’d lead to discussions and negotiations. We’d also need to communicate with different political parties and government agencies for achieving a consensus.”
 
As long as the Hong Kong majority are still bound by traditional gender ideologies, it seems unlikely the gender minority would truly be taken in. TGR Founder and Chairperson Joanne Leung thinks otherwise: “The term ‘minority’ exists only to contrast the severity of a social problem. In fact in striving for social acceptance, I would rather bring out our similarities, calling for care and kindness to our neighbor as fellow community members. In recent years, the trans movement has been emphasizing the human rights aspect, yet to me it’s the humanity aspect that matters more.”
 
With a firm belief in the value of every life and in respect and concerns for all human beings, TGR ventures to bridge the gap between the minority and majority. Anyone visiting the new space is free to explore your thoughts about one another candidly, to learn to respect our differences in gender identity and embrace our common humanity, and to recognize that friendliness with people apparently different from us and accepting people for whom they truly are, is indeed possible.
 

The new TGR Whampoa venue will be officially open on Sunday, 31st Dec, 2017, with the opening ceremony being officiated by Dr. Mak Kai Lok, Gregory, Ms. Emily Lau Wai-hing and
Chairman of Equal Opportunities Commission, Professor Alfred Chan Cheung-ming.

 
 Opening Guests:From the left: Ms. Emily Lau Wai-hing, Chairperson of TGR Joanne Leung, Dr. Mak Kai Lok, Gregory and Chairman of Equal Opportunities Commission, Professor Alfred Chan Cheung-ming.
 
Opening Group Photo