Transgender Awareness Week 2020

In 2020, the week of November 13 – 19 is formally known as Transgender Awareness week. This week started in 1999 as a one week celebration for educating and celebrating transgender stories with a sense of love and pride. Members and allies alike take this recognized time to educate people who may be unaware of the circumstances transgender people are under. 

Approximately 0.6% of Americans publicly identify as transgender, equaling 1.4 million US citizens.

Discrimination against members of the transgender community still happens in today’s society. The HRC Foundation addresses the unfortunate fact that the majority of homeless shelters in the US still refuse to house trans men and women in their respective shelters, either denying them service entirely or housing them with the incorrect gender, resulting in harassment and assault. 

Not only that, but violence against transgender people is overwhelmingly disproportional compared to cisgender people. In a study done by the Transgender Equality Society, approximately 58% of all transgender people have experienced an act of verbal or physical violence in the US. 

This week leads up to the Transgender Day of Awareness, a day meant for solace and memorial for transgender people who have been the victim of violent transphobia. In 2020, the National Center for Transgender Equality reported twenty-eight people killed in violent acts for the sole reason of being transgender.