Transgender Awareness Week
Observed byTransgender community and supporters
Related toTransgender Day of Remembrance, International Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Awareness Week, observed November 13 to November 19, is a one-week celebration leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which memorializes victims of transphobic violence.[1] TDoR occurs annually on November 20, when transgender advocates raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy activities.[2][3][4]

The first week of November typically begins with third parties hosting events at venues (including online venues) surrounding a main central venue, followed the second week by more venues at the main area showcasing more and more in-depth events.[1][5] The purpose of Transgender Awareness Week is to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.[2]


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There have been many pivotal historical moments that relate to transgender advocacy.

These are just a few of the many important moments that have led to increased transgender advocacy and awareness.[6]


Participants in Transgender Awareness Week are encouraged to organize events that serve as educational opportunities to the community. One possible event is the screening of a trans-themed movie, such as the film Paris is Burning, which highlights gay and transgender ball culture in New York City.[6][7] Another educational event is the personal testimonies of local transgender people and the issues they face because of their gender identity.[7] "I AM: Trans People Speak" is a collection of videos regarding transgender people's personal testimonies that could be shown in place of a live testimony.[2] Other events have revolved around the discussion of trans-themed books or the observation of a trans-themed art show or performance.[7]

In San Francisco, Transgender Awareness Week was expanded to cover the entire month of November starting in 2018 by Mayor London Breed and Clair Farley, director of the city's Office of Transgender Initiatives.[8] In November 2019, each member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave a commendation to a member of the trans community.[9]

Additional information with controversies

A study conducted by the Williams Institute in 2016 concluded that 0.6% of the U.S. population (1.4 million people) identify themselves as transgender.[10] In 2008, only 8% of Americans reported knowing or working with someone who is transgender; by 2015, this had doubled to 16%, according to a Harris poll,[11] and by 2021, this had risen to 42% according to a Pew poll,[12] but it is still far less than the number of Americans who know someone who is gay or lesbian (87%, as of 2013, according to a Pew poll).

Trans people face many issues within their community that cause them to feel like they are in danger and are unsafe.[13] A survey found that 50% of trans people report having been raped or assaulted by a romantic partner.[14] Trans people have been murdered simply for being trans,[15] in addition to their loved ones and/or friends because of being involved with them.[16] Some trans women were arrested for fighting back against their attacker.[17] Trans people and supporters formally united with one another and took stands against discrimination towards trans people by holding protests.[6] Transgender Awareness Week was established in response to these killings and imprisonments in order to highlight the challenges faced by trans people.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Trans Awareness Week". Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk and Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR". GLAAD. Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Transgender Awareness Week 2013". Lambda Legal. November 14, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Fazio, Allison (November 13, 2013). "It's Transgender Awareness Week. Want to learn more?". San Francisco Foghorn. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  5. ^ "Transgender Awareness Week". Out Boulder. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Transgender Visibility Timeline". Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Trans Awareness Week". Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Madison, Alex (November 14, 2018). "Breed declares Trans Awareness Month". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "SF supervisors honor transgender leaders". Bay Area Reporter. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  10. ^ Hoffman, Jan (June 30, 2016). "Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Number of Americans who report knowing a transgender person doubles in seven years, according to new GLAAD survey". GLAAD. September 16, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Rising shares of U.S. adults know someone who is transgender or goes by gender-neutral pronouns". Pew Research Center. July 27, 2021. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  13. ^ Land, Abbe (November 19, 2014). "Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week". HuffPost. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Pan, Landyn. "Why Trans People Need More Visibility". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  15. ^ 'Remembering Rita Hester' Archived November 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine November 15, 2008, Edge Boston
  16. ^ New York Times: David France, "An Inconvenient Woman," May 28, 2000, accessed March 12, 2012
  17. ^ Strangio, Chase. "From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention". Retrieved November 14, 2023.