Transgender Remembrance Day
Twelve years ago Transgender Day of Remembrance was created to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred. On November 20, 2011 we will pause to honor those transgender persons who were forever lost to the world. If you don’t have a transgender remembrance memorial or program on campus or in your community, consider sending out information and links to shed light on this very serious topic.
- 13%-56% of transgender people had been fired
- 13%-47% had been denied employment
- 22%-31% had been harassed, either verbally or physically, in the workplace
From Youth Pride, Inc.:
- 33.2% of transgender youth have attempted suicide. (2006).
- 55% of transgender youth report being physically attacked. (GLSEN, 2003).
- 74% of transgender youth reported being sexually harassed at school, and 90% of transgender youth reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression. (GLSEN, 2001).
- In a survey of 403 transgender people, 78% reported having been verbally harassed and 48% reported having been victims of assault, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault or rape. (1997).
To find out about events happening around the world, visit the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website, http://www.transgenderdor.org/.
It Gets Better
The It Gets Better project was created in September 2010 to share with LGBT youth a positive future. The hope is that these videos which allow LGBT people to share their own stories of survival and success will help a younger generation get through difficult times and feel supported through their teen years.
I recommend viewing the It Gets Better pagefocused specifically on the experiences of Transgender individuals for National Trans Remembrance Day
Show your Campus Pride!
Campus Pride is an organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. Campus Pride hosts a number of resources available to college students, and provides a place for LGBT teens to look for queer-friendly colleges throughhttp://www.campusclimateindex.org/ Consider getting your college listed on the index!
Listen to a recent interview with Campus Pride executive director Shane Windmeyer (@shanewindmeyer) and Eric Stoller (@ericstoller) on Student Affairs Live
Originally posted on 11/18/11 on the SA Women Talk Tech Blog