Transgender Awareness Week

Each year between November 13 and 19, transgender people and their allies participate in Transgender Awareness Week 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.

This year for Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD is highlighting the stories we love in 2019. This could be a story from each of our personal lives and relationships with others, community, and/or ourselves. This could also be stories in the media that we have loved told by trans creators. Using #TransLoveStories, join the conversation and share those stories to show the diversity of our lives, experiences, creativity, and community; in addition to showing people how they can support the community if they are not a part.  Be sure to tag @uwmwgs.

The week culminates on November 20 with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) which 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 yer and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Forge in Wisconsin is hosting community event to recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance.  You can find more information here.