KARRON is transgender.
Since she was a young child, Karron always felt ‘different’ but it was not until four years ago the Landsdale resident finally felt comfortable to come out.
Karron said although many accepted her change, others were not as welcoming.
‘At first my mum wasn’t OK but then she accepted it, my brother is also OK with it but my extended family do not accept me,’ she said.
‘They have young children and think transgender is something that is perverted and R-rated.
On November 20, Karron will attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance Twilight Vigil, which aims to remember and honour transgender people and the gender-variant community who have lost their lives across the world because of hatred and prejudice.
Karron said the vigil also highlighted the need for equality.
‘The vigil is a day to remember those who have been killed because of transphobia ” whether they’ve been murdered or suicided because of despair, because they’ve been vilified or couldn’t hold down a job,’ she said.
‘Transgender people are exactly that ” people.
‘They want to live normal lives go to work and do normal everyday things that everybody else does.’
The free community event is part of PRIDEFest celebrations and will be held at the Urban Orchard from 6pm to 7pm.