What is Transgender Awareness Week?
Transgender Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.
What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year. See the TDOR website at www.transgenderdor.org.
Take a look at what we have done in the past at SUBU for Transgender Awareness Week!
In 2017 we ran an evening of talks by trans and non-binary speakers and a "Talking Trans" workshop from Kate Hutchinson discussing the appropriate way to talk to, about, and support transgender people. The evening of talks by Lily Madigan, Communi-T and Sophie Cook marked trans day of remembrance. They provided an insight into the lives of trans and non-binary people followed by a moment to reflect on the lives we have lost.
If you want to get involved with Transgender Awareness Week or any of our other trans & non binary work check out our Liberation Campaigns!