Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Transgender Day of Remembrance, is on November 20th and remembers victims of transphobic violence. It was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
We would like to take a moment to celebrate the Transgender community by highlighting Sarah McBride. Sarah McBride is an American activist & politician, who was recently elected as a Delaware State Senator. When she is sworn in, in January of 2021, she will be the first transgender State Senator in the country, also making her the highest-ranking transgender official in US history. In 2011, Sarah was elected student body president at American University. During her last week as president, she came out as a transgender woman in the student newspaper. Her coming out gained international attention. In 2012, she interned at The White House, becoming the first openly transgender woman to work in The White House in any capacity. In 2016, Sarah was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in American history. Sarah is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware, banning discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations.
Below are links to resources to better educate yourself and workforces to be a better ally to the transgender community.
Organizations and Resources:
- Anti-Violence Project
- International Transgender Day of Remembrance
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- SHRM Diversity & Inclusion
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Trans Women of Color Collective
- Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring Project
- Transgender Law Center
- TransJustice at the Audre Lorde Project