Transgender Awareness Week takes place every year, starting on November 13. The week culminates on November 20, which is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s a time for transgender people and their allies to highlight the community, share their stories and talk about the issues they face every day. The day of remembrance is important as transgender individuals, especially people of color, face unacceptably high rates of violence that often take their lives.
Last week, President-elect Joe Biden included a thanks to transgender Americans in his victory speech. While this positive recognition at a national level is important, what is even more critical is building a society that protects our trans friends and neighbors, both through anti-discrimination policies but also everyday acts of kindness that tear down interpersonal divisions and help eliminate discrimination. We’re glad to see our nation’s next president set an example for state and local elected officials to follow.
Personally, you should know that the team of Ohio activists who sit in committee rooms and legislative chambers to defend YOUR reproductive rights include several trans individuals. If you are thinking “I don’t know anyone who is trans,” please know that you are benefitting from their hard work every day. To those friends of ours, we send love and appreciation.