Monday, November 20 marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. In support of the day, we’re flying the transgender awareness flag at Essex Police Headquarters.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to remember those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
It aims to raise awareness and for us to show our support for the transgender community. It aims to address transphobia, by spreading knowledge of the transgender community. Essex boasts a highly diverse culture and we are committed to supporting our communities equally. We will not tolerate any incidents of Hate Crime in our communities.
Sgt Gina Denham, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and members of the transgender community gathered at Essex Police Headquarters to raise the transgender flag.
Sergeant Gina Denham, a member of the LGBT network, said: “I just want to say thank you to Essex Police for being very supportive of me as a transgender police officer. Essex Police is an inclusive organisation who supports all of their staff and officers.
“In wars, people died fighting for the freedoms and liberty that we have in many countries now. There may be a small minority in the UK, that do not respect this; but my own mark of respect to honour those who paid that ultimate sacrifice is to live my life to the fullest, recognising the price paid to allow me to do so.
“Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to reflect on this, and our personal freedoms. The ongoing support pledged by Essex Police for the transgender community and this day is incredibly important, and very much appreciated”
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, said: “Transgender Day of Remembrance is a very important day as it gives us the opportunity to remember those who were killed or have died due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
“As always, we are pledging our ongoing commitment and support for transgender officers and staff. These colleagues not only keep our communities safe but in that work they represent and reflect the diverse communities of Essex.
“Working as one team for Essex means supporting each other and placing the highest priority on welfare. Events like this are at the heart of our force values and a key part of that work.”