MyUmbrella is a volunteer led sub-organisation of Reading Pride; Founded by Christina Dearlove and Kerry Kleis to educate, support, socialise and to signpost for the lesser known LGBT+ genders and sexualities.
Launched at Reading Pride 2015, MyUmbrella has gone from strength to strength. It started with just two Pride committee members, but has since grown to a team of six.
By supporting and partnering with MyUmbrella you also support Reading Pride's core aim to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to LGBT+ people.
MyUmbrella, in partnership with Reading Pride, organises the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) event in Reading town centre. This year, the event will be taking place at Pentahotel, Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7RH on Sunday 17th November 2019, starting at 3pm.
The event is an important part of the MyUmbrella calendar, as an LGBT+ charity we celebrate the diversity of being trans*, although we understand it is important to stand together and fight for more rights and equality not just locally but also in the UK and throughout the world.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was created as a way to remember those who were killed or who have committed suicide due to transphobia (anti-transgender hatred and/or prejudice). The first event was held in November as a memorial for Rita Hester, whose murder on 28th November 1998 kicked off the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and a San Francisco Candlelight Vigil in 1999. Rita Hester's murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved.
Although not every person remembered during TDoR identifies as transgender – that is to say transsexual, gender-fluid or other variant of gender – each was a victim of violence based on anti-trans bias. TDoR serves several purposes. Firstly, it raises public awareness of hate crime against the transgender community, something often not reported by mainstream media. TDoR also provides a public forum for mourning and honouring the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise have been forgotten. Through the vigil, we express our love and respect for all of our community, in the face of National indifference and hatred. TDoR reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends, lovers, partners and so much more. TDoR gives transgender allies a chance to stand with us in vigil and remember those who have died.