Trans Awareness Week is November 13 – 19, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. In the week leading up to TDOR, I want to take a moment to bring attention to issues of discrimination, prejudice, and violence that impact the transgender community.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Dismantling a Culture of Violence” reports that,
- Trans women of color comprise approximately 4 in 5 of all anti-transgender homicides
- Nearly 3 in 4 transgender and gender-expansive youth hear their family make negative remarks about LGBTQ+ people
- Over 50% of transgender and gender-expansive youth say they have been mocked by their family for their identity
- 13% of transgender people report that one or more mental health or religious professionals have tried to stop them from being transgender
- 84% of transgender youth do not always feel safe in the classroom
- Over 50% of young transgender people can never use the restroom at school that aligns with their gender
- Despite being the focus of many social and political attacks, according to a 2021 Gallup poll, a majority of US adults say they do not personally know someone who is transgender and people often fear and misunderstand what they don’t know.
Some resources for you:
- Read: A variety of resources are available on the Parent With Care – LGBTQ+ Family & Allies resources page.
- Watch: The Trans List
- Watch: TED Talks about Transgender
- Share: US Transgender Survey
If you are still trying to get your head around what seems like ever-changing pronouns; insist that “they” is only a plural pronoun; or need to understand the difference between trans, non-binary, and queer, let’s chat.