The Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs on November 20th – but the week before that date is Trans Awareness Week.
The week is important: Trans people still suffer discrimination – even within the LGB+ community itself.
Trans people regularly see their identities debated, disputed and derided on a constant basis; their identities and very being are the subjects of media sensationalism. Trans people are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, with 35% of Trans people having attempted suicide at least once*.
Trans lives matter.
In the lead up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance it is important to acknowledge these statistics and the power we all have in making society a safer, more accepting place for Trans individuals in order to improve their health and wellbeing; and to remember the lives of Trans individuals worldwide that we have lost through suicide and violence.
Albany Pride is proud to support Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance and affirms our love and support of Transgender individuals and our commitment to supporting their rights, health and equality within society. Transgender people will always be welcomed in Albany Pride.
Meanwhile, if you want to find out some ways to be a Trans Ally, please check out this article at Minus 18 titled “How to be a Trans Ally”.