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On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we commemorate those of our community who are no longer with us, and share a message of solidarity and support for our transgender friends: an appreciation for the beauty of a community who shares their truth with the world.

Anti-transgender hate crimes in the UK increased 16% between 2019 and 2020, according to the UK’s Home Office; a rise that has been fairly consistent for the last 5 years, and not accounting for the likely under-reported reality of trans-motivated violence, nor the systemic injustices that are not recognised as unlawful.

Transphobic bigotry and violence claim far too many lives – from the overt and violent hate crimes which increase each year, to the lives lost to suicide, inaccessible health care, addiction and homelessness. Many suffer due to a society that marginalises and devalues transgender and non-binary people.

On this day of Transgender Remembrance, we offer our hopes for peace for those lost and a better tomorrow for those who remain; we stand against violence and injustice towards transgender people. We pledge to continue to do our part to promote the rights, safety and equal opportunities of the transgender community.

As an executive search agency placing exceptional individuals into decision-making positions, it is our responsibility to highlight the talent often missed in under-represented communities, and to assist organisations in building diverse and inclusive leadership teams. We strive to ensure that the decision makers share the lived experiences and perspectives of the communities they serve. We assist our clients in accessing diverse talent pools – through our broad network of organisations, non-profits, networking groups and communities – to return the broadest possible range of candidates.

It is vital for the decision makers in an organisation to be able to empathise and understand the needs of their clients, which is why we believe that everyone should have a seat at the table – all communities deserve a voice.

We pledge our continued support for the transgender community, helping to create more representative and inclusive leadership teams across business, and would love to hear more from our LGBTQI+ friends who can help us understand new and better ways to be allies to their cause.