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UNISON members mark International Trans Memorial Day

UNISON's LGBT members marked International Trans Memorial Day wearing specially-designed pink and blue ribbons at their national conference in Glasgow.

Delegates also held a minute's silence in remembrance of trans people around the world who have been murdered.

The brutal murder of Gisberta Salce Junior, a Brazilian transsexual, in Portugal in February 2006 by a group of young teenage boys was a particularly barbaric example of such events.  The act was widely excused by the Portuguese Church and state, and the media coverage of the event was an outrage. The press refused to print her photograph, neglected to mention she was transsexual and ignored public statements from LGBT organisations on the case.

The memorial day held every year on the 20th of Novemmber, aims to raise public awareness of trans issues.

Trans issues were high on the agenda at this Unisons National conference, which brought together around 300 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members from around the UK to discuss how to take forward UNISON's agenda for LGBT equality.
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