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Celebrating Transgender Awareness Week & Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

Updated: 11/18/2021

Transgender Awareness Week, November 13-19

Kaleida Health joins the country in raising visibility of transgender people to address issues members of the community face.

All week, our LGBTQ+ ERG has worked to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that affect the transgender community. Please see below for a few statistics that impact people who are transgender:

According to the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, a report by the National Center for Transgender Equality:

  • 29% of transgender people live in poverty, compared to 14% of the general population
  • 30% of transgender people report being homeless at some point in their lives, with 12% saying it was within the past 12 months
  • Transgender people experience unemployment at 3x the rate of the general population, with rates for people of color up to 4x the national unemployment rate
  • 30% of transgender people report being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing mistreatment in the workplace due to their gender identity in the past 12 months
  • 31% of transgender people experienced mistreatment in the past year in a place of public accommodation, including 14% who were denied equal service, 24% who were verbally harassed, and 2% who were physically attacked because they were transgender
  • 40% of respondents reported attempting suicide in their lifetime, nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the United States (4.6%)

While the above data is from 2015, recent stats show these numbers have largely remained the same or increased health disparities in the transgender community. So far in 2021, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has counted at least 28 transgender or gender nonconforming people killed, the highest number it has recorded at this point in the year. At least 20 of them were Black or Brown trans women, said Alphonso David, president of the HRC, who added that the number of victims is likely higher because many such attacks go unreported or misreported.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR publicly mourns and honors the lives transgender people around the world who might otherwise be forgotten. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people -- sometimes in the most brutal ways possible -- it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." - Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Participate in TDOR by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.

To learn more about how to be an ally to transgender people, please visit GLAAD's "Tips for Allies of Transgender People" page.