Every year organizations and people all around the world celebrate Transgender Awareness Week which falls between the dates November 13- 19 to help raise visibility and awareness of people of this community as well as to address the issues faced by them.
On November 20th, the day marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) which is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people who lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence that year, as stated by the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), 2019.
This week brings light to the issues the community has to face such as discrimination and in turn the prejudicial acts against trans people. Despite the growing visibility, members of the community still face discrimination in various sectors of our society.
How did this movement start? Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to the violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
TDOR is considered to be one of the most important days for the trans community all around the world as they hold up events and activities to celebrate the history of the community.
Hence, this week is considered as a week of honor and pride that celebrates each identity as they are. As a mental health organization, we send our love out to the trans community and offer our respect to each individual’s journey.
Andone D. (2019). Transgender Awareness Week starts today. Here's what you should know.
Retrieved from: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/13/us/transgender-awareness-week-what-you-should-know/index.html
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Retrieved from: https://www.glaad.org/transweek