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Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week takes place from November 13-19 each year to raise awareness about the transgender community and address issues facing them.

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance held on November 20 to honour the transgender people who died in acts of transphobic violence that year.

2021 was the deadliest year on record, seeing at least 45, mostly BAME, transgender people meet a transphobic end.

What is Transgender Awareness Week?

In the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance, institutions and individuals from across the globe participate in Transgender Awareness Week.

Transgender Awareness Week exists to educate the public and raise awareness for transgender people’s human right to live free from prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Transgender people and their allies take action by advocating for these rights and sharing stories.

When was the first Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The first Transgender Day of Remembrance was held in 1998 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to commemorate the death of Rita Hester, a victim of transgender intolerance.

 

From this, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) became an annual vigil to commemorate all transgender people who had lost their lives due to violence that year.

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