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Transgender Awareness Week | Albany Pride
Transgender Awareness Week
13th - 19th of November marks Transgender Awareness Week, comprising of the week before the Transgender Day of Rememberance on the 20th November.

Sunday, 13th November, 2022

13th – 19th of November marks Transgender Awareness Week, comprising of the week before the Transgender Day of Rememberance on the 20th November.

The week is a time to education communities about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy surrounding the prejudice, discrimination and violence affection the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

It is time for trans allies to stand with, raise awareness and take action to support trans and gender diverse people.

It is particularly important as the media and political rhetoric surrounding trans people, and trans kids in particular, has become particularly volatile and weaponised for political gain. This was no more evident than during Australia’s own general election this year, when trans people became particularly politicised and used as a political talking point, with anti-trans rhetoric used as a “selling point” by some candidates.

However, particularly in conservative-leaning political spheres and media outlets, the narrative on trans rights continues to be hostile and dismissive, often used as ammunition for creating a sense of a “culture war”, and an infringement on the rights and safety of others. This isn’t a new approach, of course, as it has long been used against lesbian, gay and bisexual people too (including in the marriage equality plebisicite), and other minority groups and demographics.

This has a very real, and very detrimental effect on trans and gender-diverse people in our community, particularly for those who are already struggling, those are in a period of questioning or are in the process of, or newly, coming-out, and our young people.

ALBANY PRIDE is proudly inclusive of the entire Queer spectrum, and we will continue to include, advocate for and with, and provide community for trans and gender-diverse people. This is, frankly, non-negotiable: they will always have a home with us.

ALBANY PRIDE would also like to give our sincere gratitude and thanks to the many organisations and groups that work to support and improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender-diverse people, dedicating huge amounts of their time and energy, and often faced with hostility for doing so. We simply cannot overstate the value and need for such organisations and groups. We would like to give a special recognition of TransFolk of WA for their invaluable work in Western Australia.

To the trans and gender-diverse members of our community, know that you are valued and you are loved.

If you are struggling, please see our support page for a list of organisation and support organisations. QLife is available 3pm to Midnight every day via webchat or phone (1800 184 527), Lifeline is available on 13 11 14, and the Kids Helpline (for those 25 or under) is available on 1800 55 1800.