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Today—November 13, 2019—marks the first day of Transgender Awareness Week, an annual week-long observance which culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on Wednesday, November 20. TDOR, by the way, is the day we dedicate to remembering and honoring the memory of our transgender brothers and sisters around the world who lost their lives due to acts of anti-transgender violence.
Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated in order for individuals, workplaces, and organizations to “advocate for the visibility, protection, dignity and rights of trans, non-binary and gender-expansive people” throughout the world, according to Human Rights Campaign. Here are five ways we can celebrate Transgender Awareness Week with the rest of the LGBTQ community:
- Check out your local events and support an art exhibit, a drag show and other pertinent events such as charitable activities that benefit transgender people.
- Attend a forum, discussion, or a Transgender Awareness Training – it’s simply a workshop such as this one facilitated by knowledgeable trainers who talk about why gender matters, what the differences and similarities are between gender identity and sexual identity, which pronouns to use, among many others.
- If we can’t attend workshops and events, we can still educate ourselves and understand more about the transgender community as an ally—their plight, struggles, mistreatment, harassment, and the violence they face today by simply reading various resources online.
- We can also help celebrate and observe diversity this Transgender Awareness Week by participating in the social media campaign. Learn more about the history of Transgender Awareness Week, who are the famous transgender people, and the issues that the community faces today through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
- Make a charitable donation to a transgender rights organization like Trans Lifeline, Transgender Law Center, The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, to name a few.
Happy Transgender Awareness Week, guys! How are you going to celebrate it? We’ll leave you with some of the informative and celebratory messages we found on Twitter:
Say it with me: Transgender and gender nonconforming people hold the resilience, brilliance, and power to transform society at its root. We are Alive, Thriving, and Fighting. Spread the word, and join the fight for liberation at https://t.co/H13K6EsexV #AliveThrivingFighting pic.twitter.com/PvJu0T0wp9— TransgenderLawCenter (@TransLawCenter) November 12, 2019
Love that HGHS in @chappaqua_csd is recognizing #TransgenderAwarenessWeek! Check out some of the signage found throughout the building! #WeAreChappaqua @chackerman1 @DrAPease @MrSchoenbart @ancorsilia_ccsd @RonGamma pic.twitter.com/OmUBaP8IwF— Dr. Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis) November 12, 2019
Do all trans people transition the same way? What does cisgender mean? Can someone be fired for being transgender? @HRC can answer all your questions. #TransgenderAwarenessWeek https://t.co/ek9jTkdU1o— National Coalition for Sexual Health (@NCSH_) November 12, 2019