This week is Transgender Awareness Week. I’ve collected a few resources for people who are interested in participating in events and increasing community and individual awareness of trans issues and, specifically, trans PoC issues. Trans PoC are at a disproportionate risk for violence and poverty when compared to white trans people. This year, there has been unprecedented violence against trans people. There have been at least 21 or 22 (depending on the source) known murders of transgender women. Most of these women were trans women of color.
The video below features several trans women of color who tell their stories in honor of TDoR.
Tomorrow there will be vigils all around the world in remembrance of trans women killed in 2015. If you would like to participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) on Friday, November 20, you can find a vigil near you.
The Strong Families Movement launched Trans day of Resilience this year, which brings together art and activism to focus on the plight of trans women and femmes of color. Check out the 8 different works of art created in conjunction with different organizations. I also suggest that you read the bios of the artists that created these powerful pieces of art.
On Tuesday, for the first time ever, there was a congressional forum on violence against the trans community in the U.S.