Transgender Awareness Week

Organisations around the world will come together to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.

This global movement runs from 12 - 19 November, and is then proceeded by Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance that honours the memory of those killed in acts of anti-transgender violence. 

TDOR was started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender advocate to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. It commemorated all transgender people who lost their lives that year, and has since become an annual memorial. 

Every 20 November, vigils around the world are organised to honour those who lost their lives in anti-transgender violence. The TDOR website has a list of all known transgender people who lost their life this year. 

We recently conducted an interview with student documentary maker Edd Bains, whose latest work explored the changing LGBT venue scene. We also have an LGBTQ voicebox with content from our 


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