Candle vigils planned across UK for stabbed trans girl Brianna Ghey

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Many in the LGBTQ community are mourning the death of Brianna Ghey, a trans girl who was stabbed to death in Warrington.

More than 30 vigils will be held across Britain in memory of the 16-year-old, who was found by members of the public in Linear Park, in Culcheth, on Saturday.

Cheshire Police have confirmed they are investigating whether her killing was a hate crime, alongside other lines of inquiry.

A boy and a girl, both aged 15, were arrested on suspicion of her murder, and detectives have been granted an extension of 30 hours to further question them

Vigils have been planned planned for this evening in Liverpool and Bristol, with others expected over the comings days in Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.

Additional events are planned in Aberdeen, Reading, Plymouth, Brighton, Belfast and York.

Activists also plan to gather outside the Department for Education in London on Wednesday to ‘hold the government responsible for their abhorrent attacks on trans youth to deliberately create trans-hostile environment’.

The vigil for #BriannaGhey on College Green… the speech that stuck with me “we won’t just be here for you when you die, we will be here for you when you are alive. We must strengthen community.”

— Cllr Emma Edwards (@bristol_pip) February 14, 2023

Tributes to Brianna have been pouring in since her death, particularly from her followers on TikTok.

Many have travelled to the spot where she was killed to leave flowers and cards for her.

LGBTQ rights charity Stonewall tweeted: ‘Our thoughts are with Brianna Ghey, a young trans woman, and her loved ones.

‘We urge anyone who may have information which will help the police with their enquiries to come forward.’

It comes after friends of the teenager revealed she was bullied for years because of her gender identity.

A number of MPs have paid tribute to Brianna, also highlighting the dangers the trans community in the country is facing.

Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, wrote on Twitter: ‘Brianna deserved a chance to become a beautiful adult woman, and to live to see a world where trans people are safe and respected.

‘Anyone in the media who is using her deadname and erasing Brianna’s identity should be ashamed of themselves.’

Heartbroken to hear of the murder of Brianna Ghey. I am sending solidarity to her family and all who loved her at this incredibly difficult time. RIP Brianna.

— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) February 14, 2023

A GoFundMe set up to help her family has also passed £71,000 just a day after it was set up.

Her family described her as a ‘much-loved daughter, granddaughter, and baby sister’.

A statement said: ‘She was a larger-than-life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her.

‘Brianna was beautiful, witty and hilarious. Brianna was strong, fearless and one of a kind.

‘The loss of her young life has left a massive hole in our family, and we know that the teachers and her friends who were involved in her life will feel the same.’

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