Trans Awareness Week: November 13-19, 2021!
(Block quote from GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) at https://www.glaad.org/transweek)
“The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
What is Transgender Awareness Week?
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.
What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?
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.
Participate in TDOR by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.”
Trans Awareness Week Events!
Events in Madison
- Trans Monologues Talent Show sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Campus Center; Thursday, November 18, 6:00-8:00pm; More information: Facebook; Madison Public Library, Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St., Madison; in-person and virtual
- Transgender Day of Remembrance Interfaith Service & Vigil; Saturday, November 20, 6:00pm; First Baptist Church, 518 North Franklin Ave., Madison; Register; in-person and virtual (livestream: First Baptist Church)
- Sharing Our Stories: A Transgender Panel Discussion; Sunday, November 21, 1:30pm; First Baptist Church, 518 North Franklin Ave., Madison; Register; in-person and virtual (livestream: First Baptist Church; YouTube; Facebook)