FROZEN OFF THE PRESS: Transgender Awareness, November
Updated: Mar 30
What is transgender awareness week?
Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year from November 13th to November 19th in order to increase the visibility of transgender people and understanding of the prevalent difficulties this community faces on a daily basis. This is a time for people and organizations to come together and uplift the voices of trangender and the gender non-conforming community. Members of the community and their allies do this by focusing on educational opportunities to enlighten those around them. They educate others by sharing experiences, promoting support, and raising awareness about “ the issues of prejudice, discrimmination, and violence that affect'' the community (GLAAD).
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
Transgender Day of Rembmerance, or TDOR for short, is held every year on November 20th to honor the memory of transgender individuals who lost their lives to acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her sister Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. November 20th is now an important day to spread public awareness of violent hate crimes and come together in mourning to remember and commemorate all transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death.
For more Information and ways to get involved, check out the following on campus resources and organizations: