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.
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:
In previous years, our Transgender and Non-Binary Student Officers have produced statements to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. We're very happy to say that Dean has continued the tradition this year and his blog post can be found below!
Rita was an African-American transgender woman who was murdered in Allston, MA on November 28th 1998. She was stabbed in her own apartment as the result of a violent hate crime, but as of yet her killer remains unidentified and unconvicted.
In response to her murder, Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by a small group including Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialise her life and others in the transgender community who lost their lives to hate crimes. In 2010, TDOR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
Check out our social media campaign for regular updates throughout Transgender Awareness Week!