Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.
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 that year. 2021 marked the most deadly year recorded with at least 45 transgender people, most of them Black or Latinx, killed.
Here at the SU, we are proud advocates of trans rights and equal opportunities in all forms, making sure that people are at the centre of everything we do.
We will always use our voice to fight for equality at every opportunity, and we gladly welcome you to join us on that journey!
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
You can take part in TDOR by:
However you choose to participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance, be sure to tag @uea_su on Instagram.
Check out our social media campaign for regular updates throughout Transgender Awareness Week 2023!