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Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance

EQPA_TDOR_WEB-SLIDER_v2-internationalThis week, November 12 – 20, Equality PA with organizations around the county are participating in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues our communities face. The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is the Transgender 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.

We know that transgender people experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination and violence in the community. However, the numbers of people who are affected are still shocking:

  • 74% of transgender people report experiencing harassment or mistreatment at work;
  • 74% of children in grades K-12 who expressed a transgender identity or gender non-conformity experienced harassment at school and 23% of those students experienced physical assault; and
  • 49% (nearly half) of transgender people were verbally harassed or otherwise disrespected when seeking public accommodation such as eating in restaurant or getting on bus.(1)

All of this mistreatment often leads to violence against transgender people, and too often, murder or suicide. That’s why we are asking everyone in our community to honor the memory of those we have lost and to commit ourselves to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.

You can 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 this year.

Here are some events around the state that you can join or click here to find an event near you.

TransPride Pittsburgh Day of Remembrance
Cruze Bar, 1700 Smallman, Strip district
Vigil and service
Weds Nov 19th, 2014, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Prysm Youth Center of Delaware County at Collenbrook United Church

5290 Township Rd., Drexel Hill
Transgender Day of Remembrance Interfaith Service
Thurs., Nov. 20, from 6:30pm to 8:30p.m.

TransCentralPA along with Equality PA and other organizations

Harrisburg, PA
Vigil on the steps of the Capitol
On November 20, 2014, at 5:00 PM

William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia
International Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Time for Reflection, Trans Progression and Community Connection
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance
100 East Wheeling St., Washington, PA
Day of Remembrance Candlelight Walk at First Presbyterian Church, 1793
Thursday, Nov. 20th at 6:00 PM


Click here to find more vigils or other events near you.

1. “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” which provides the national results, is available at www.thetaskforce.org, www.transequality.org, and www.endtransdiscrimination.org.

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