It’s Transgender Awareness Week! As GLAAD explains, it’s “a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to this community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues that transgender people face.”
In the video above, actress Laverne Cox speaks about her background and about coming to terms with her trans identity. GLAAD produced the video last year—along with three other videos posted below—for the “I AM: Trans People Speak” video series, a project of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. The project aims “to raise awareness about the diversity that exists within transgender communities,” and to “give a voice to transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.”
For those who don’t feel that they understand trans issues well or who worry about saying the “wrong” thing, I particularly recommend the video of Jennifer Finney Boylan, below. She says, “People don’t need to understand all the ins and outs of what it means to be trans in order to be loving. If we begin with love, then everything else will flow from there.”
The Transgender Day of Remembrance also falls this month, on November 20. You can learn more about the TDOR, which honors those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, at this link.
If you’re on Twitter, you can follow stories and tweets about Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance using the tags #TransWk and #TDOR.
Recent Related Post: Room for (a Poorly Framed) Debate: A Faulty Premise in the Times’ Recent Discussion of LGBT Issues.
Related Link: Gender Identity, Gender Expression & Transgender Issues (from the Youth Allies Resource Library).
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