Thursday, November 15, 2012


What is Transgender Awareness Week?

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

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started 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 the Transgender Day of Remembrance 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 LGBT 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. See the TDOR website at

Transgender Awareness Week #TAW12 and Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR

November 12 – 20 individuals and organizations around the county will participate Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues these communities face. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is theTransgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You can read more about Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of remembrance below, and find out how you can participate. More about Transgender Awareness Week >>

Trans People Speak

I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It will lift the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies. GLAAD has four new videos that are part of the "I AM: Trans People Speak" video series. Watch them now, then share!

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Laverne Cox

Noah Lewis

Kit Yan


  1. One of my favorite heroes has always been Renee Richards. Imagine, 1975, and you not only face your life's terribly difficult challenges, you embrace for the whole world to see -- and she won, she won the right to compete at the US Open, reaching a 3rd round in singles, a finalist in women's doubles, and semi in mixed. Renee reached out and gained the support of many fellow tennis players who supported her and played with her in doubles. WOW, just wow.

    Though fictional, another great trans woman, Anna Madrigal -- from Tales of the City. In high school, my dad would read Tales aloud most mornings at breakfast. An awakening for me, the stories of facing your world your way.

    I cheer all you have come to terms with being trans and I hope upon hope those amid their struggles and challenges find their way to happiness.

  2. What an amazing idea and thoughtful posting. Well done.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I wish I could attend one of these vigils but now that I work the late shift they'll be over by the time I can get to one.

  4. Mike - being a tennis fan I clearly remember Rene and what she went through. I'm disappointed that she now thinks it was wrong of her to do so (join the WTA) and has views that I don't agree with.

  5. R.J. - You were my first thought and my major inspiration.


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