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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023

Audio from the service at St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance. The service occurred on Sunday 19 November, with the Day of Remembrance on the 20th November. A stereo recording of The Glamaphones can be heard here. A special thank you to St Andrew's for allowing this event to be recorded and shared. This recording has been edited, with some parts of the service not included.

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  • 00:01 - Gathering led by Fionn McKenzie
  • 03:36 - Readings, Rosemary Lawrence
  • 10:45 - To make you feel my love - The Glamaphones
  • 14:04 - Prayers and lighting of candles, Paul Barber
  • 17:44 - Tiaho mai rā - The Glamaphones
  • 19:38 - Reflection, Fionn McKenzie
  • 31:51 - The story - The Glamaphones
  • 35:50 - Prayers of the people and prayer for St Andrew's, Sonia Groes-Petrie
  • 39:19 - Blessing, Fionn McKenzie


The Transgender Day of Remembrance service, recorded at St Andrew's on the Terrace in Wellington, commemorates the lives lost due to anti-transgender violence and bigotry. This profound event encapsulates a range of emotions, from grief and remembrance to a call for justice and change. The service includes various elements like readings from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, emphasizing themes of refuge, justice, and the Good Samaritan's compassion. A poignant contemporary reading from Alok Vaid-Manon, a trans South Asian writer and activist, delves into the struggles and resilience of the transgender community. Vaid-Manon's words highlight the importance of understanding history, the legacy of trans ancestors, and the need for self-determination in gender identity. The service also addresses the larger social and political context, touching upon issues like the weaponization of biology, the history of eugenics, and the spread of far-right ideologies. It calls for a response of healing, compassion, and love to combat violence and hatred. The overall theme of the service is the transformative power of radical love, urging support for those marginalized and advocating for spaces that foster acceptance and belonging. The service is a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for transgender rights and the importance of remembering and honoring those who have been lost.

This summary is created using Generative AI. Although it is based on the recording's transcription, it may contain errors or omissions. Click here to learn more about how this summary was created.

Record date:19th November 2023
Location:St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).