Falling Upwards

By Theresa Davis

A moving memoir about family, addiction, transitioning and living authentically.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Trans Day of Remembrance

Trigger Warning Death, Violence

Today the 20th of November is Trans Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. 

This year it's an uncomfortable one for me because I am in the unfortunate position of there being a name on the list ( found here ) of trans people lost this year that can also be found on the list of backers for this book. That name is Isabella Bellusci or as many knew her Bella.

Bella was found dead on the 16th August 2020 just 14 days after she placed her pledge for the book I will not go into the details here, but I have spoken to her partner Elizabeth. I have been in similar situations with Helen, but in my case, there was a better outcome. If things had gone differently I would have been devastated as I know Elizabeth is, and my thoughts go out to her.

Bella was a kind and generous person and was always full of encouragement and support for others, and she will be sorely missed by the UK trans community.

So as I join my colleagues from the local LGBTQI+ group here in La Palma Violetas tomorrow night as we complete the mural that is being painted to celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance, I will be lighting a candle for Bella. 


Unfortunately, this was not the end of this tale as shortly after the anniversary of Bellas death her partner was also to take her life https://unbound.com/books/falling-upwards/updates/loss

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