Each year between November 13 – 19, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.
Read more about Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.
From GLAAD: Transgender Awareness Week | GLAAD
This guide will help you learn more about what transgender means, develop competency around talking about the issue, become better informed about the challenges that many trans people face, and know specific ways that you can be a strong trans ally. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)
Our Trans Loved Ones: Our Trans Loved Ones is a brand-new, updated resource. Written by PFLAG staff members, and created with the help of content experts, reviewers, and PFLAGers with experience to share, it is full of information, first-person stories, and expert input geared to those who have a loved one who has come out as trans or gender expansive.
As a trans ally I will...Use these postcards as part of an event to show people how to be better trans allies. The card can also be used as a part of a social media campaign and is a great way to get a conversation started. (Also available at the PFLAG National Bookstore!)
Breaking Binaries Worksheet: Use this worksheet to understand how you personally understand your assigned sex, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. You can use this tool as a conversation starter about non-binary identities.
Pronouns: Beyond the Basics:https://straightforequality.org/sites/default/files/Pronouns%20Beyond%20the%20Basics.pdf Use this worksheet to educate yourself and others about gender neutral pronouns and how they are used in speech. Adapted from Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers (2018) by Sarah Gibson & J Fernandez.DOWNLOAD PDF
Pronouns: Why They Matter: This worksheet includes information on why sharing personal pronouns matters, common gender-neutral pronouns, and examples of when and how various pronouns are used.
Equality Literacy 101: Sometimes not speaking up has more to do with not knowing the right words than anything else. This short list of terms should help you learn more and feel more comfortable talking about equality.DOWNLOAD PDF
General Information and Resources
- The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the largest survery of transgender people ever conducted. The data has also been broken down by race, ethnicity, and geography. The survey’s results detail the extent of the poverty, discrimination, and violence faced by transgender people. The results are also available in Spanish.
- Transgender Lives: Your Stories is an interactive campaign created by The New York Times to allow transgender people to tell their own stories in their own words.
- I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
Resources for Transgender People
Transgender people in crisis should contact the following resources:
- The Trevor Project‘s 24/7/365 Lifeline at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or TrevorChat, their online instant messaging option, or TrevorText, a text-based support option. If you are looking for peer support, you can visit TrevorSpace from anywhere in the world.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860
- Do you live outside the United States? If so, check out The Trevor Project’s list of international resources here.
- Ultimate Guide to Resources for LGBTQ+ Students
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) (advocacy)
- Transgender Law Center (TLC) (legal services and advocacy)
- Gender Proud (advocacy)
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) (legal services)
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) (legal services)
- Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) (advocacy)
- Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) (advocacy)
- Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) (advocacy)
- Black Trans Advocacy (advocacy)
- Trans Latina Coalition (advocacy)
- Gender Spectrum (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
- Gender Diversity (support for families, trans youth, and educators)
- Trans Youth Equality Federation (support for families and trans youth)
- Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) (support for families and trans youth)
- TransTech Social Enterprises (economic empowerment)
- SPART*A (advocacy for trans military service members)
- Transgender American Veterans Association (advocacy for trans veterans)
- TransAthlete.com (info about trans athletes)
- TransLife Center at Chicago House (support services)
General Information and Resources
- The full “Injustice at Every Turn” report, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. “Injustice at Every Turn” is a survey of over 6,400 transgender people detailing the discrimination faced by this community.
- Transgender Lives: Your Stories, is an interactive campaign created by The New York Times to allow transgender people to tell their own stories in their own words.
- I AM: Trans People Speak, is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
- The Trans 100 is an annual list of 100 amazing and inspiring trans Americans who are visible within their communities.
- The John Marshall Law School Transgender Name & Gender Marker Change Services
- Trans Student Equality Resources (TSER), provides trans*related information on school issues and supports efforts for creating policy change in school districts.
- Finding a Voice: A Guide to Gender Affirming Voice and Communication Training; from the Speech Pathology Masters Programs website.
This guide highlights the resources and information relevant to individuals that may be transitioning or of gender diverse populations. The guide includes a glossary of terms related to this that can be beneficial for those wishing to support someone, as well as provide further education into the topic.
Behavioral Health for Transgender People
- How Addiction Affects the Trans Community (Sunshine Behavioral Health Site) (resources)