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Transgender Awareness Week 2021

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 13-19 is Transgender Awareness Week, a week devoted to raising the visibility of transgender people and addressing issues members of the community face.  

In spite of progress advancing civil rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, too many transgender people face systemic barriers to freedom and equality. Transgender people of all ages face the highest rates of violence, harassment and discrimination in the U.S. Nearly one in three transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at some point in life and continue to face significant barriers to equitable employment, housing, health care and public accommodations.   

During this week, people and organizations bring attention to the transgender community by educating the public, sharing stories and advancing advocacy around issues that impact the transgender community.  

Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Transgender Awareness Week leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in anti-transgender violence that year. Tragically, 2021 is now considered the deadliest year on record for transgender people, and most victims have been Black or Latinx.  

Local Transgender Day of Remembrance Events 

We encourage you to continue learning about the transgender community beyond this week so that we continue building a collective effort to uplift some of our most marginalized community members.  

Additional Resources 

Looking for organizations to support and learn from? Check out Black and Beyond the Binary Collective, TransActive Gender Center, Trans Women of Color CollectiveThe Transgender Training Institute and Familia:TQLM. 

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