What is Transgender Awareness Week?

New research by the National LGBTQ Task Force shows that black transgender people experience the highest levels of discrimination compared to other trans groups.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — People and organizations across the US are recognizing Transgender Awareness Week.

It is about helping to increase the visibility of transgender people and addressing issues faced by members of the community, such as prejudice, discrimination and violence.

Transgender Awareness Week takes place every year between November 13 and 19. During this time, transgender people and their allies work together to educate the public about transgender people, their stories, and personal experiences.

According to the human rights campaign (HRC), a civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, there are more than 2 million transgender people in the US.

HRC defines Transgender as a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Gender identity it is a person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is a person’s sense of being female, male, both, neither, or either part of the gender spectrum. A person’s gender identity can be the same as or different from their sex assigned at birth.

Lauren Pulido (He, They), who lives in Sacramento, identifies as a trans masculine person. A trans masculine person generally refers to someone who was assigned the female gender at birth, but who identifies with masculinity.

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Pulido says he came out as trans masculine in 2019. That same year, he underwent top surgery and began testosterone treatment. Pulido says that he began to experience discrimination as a transgender person at all times, especially while traveling and going through TSA checkpoints.

“TSA is a very interesting place, especially as a trans person,” Pulido said. “I always get checked through TSA. I always have to get personally scanned or personally felt. It can be a very embarrassing and intimate process that doesn’t have to happen.”

In March, the TSA announced new standards to screen transgender airline passengers, such as implementing improved screening technology and reducing the number of pat-downs.

The agency says the changes “promote civil rights and improve the customer experience for travelers who previously had to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas.”

As a transgender person, Pulido says she has also faced discrimination in public restrooms. In California, business establishments, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that serve the public may not discriminate based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression, including use of a public restroom.

“There have been several cases where my security has been an issue,” Pulido said. “If people mark you as not conforming to any of their interpretations of gender, it’s immediately a safety issue. We (transgender people) are consistently not set up for success.”

according to a report for him Center for American Progressmore than 3 in 5 transgender people in the US faced some type of discrimination in 2020.

New research for him National LGBTQ Task Force shows that black transgender people experience the highest levels of discrimination compared to other trans groups. That results in higher rates of unemployment, homelessness, poverty, and health disparities.

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“My story is more of a success story compared to other communities that I have worked so hard to fight for,” Pulido said. “You rely on the hope that, eventually, things will get better.”

In Sacramento, the LGBT Community Center is on a mission to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. That includes, but is not limited to, providing health and wellness programs, community development opportunities, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.

The Center says that Transgender Awareness Week is a time to not only support transgender people and communities, but also to remember the victims of hate and violence against trans people.

“Historically, transgender people have been a marginalized group,” said Alexis Sanchez (She, They), director of advocacy and training at the LGBT Community Center. “Every human being should have the opportunity to prosper and have a great life. Anything we can do to support those who are victims of violence is a truly powerful act.”

Transgender Awareness Week is recognized each year, just before Transgender Remembrance Day (TDOR). TDOR honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of violence and hatred against transgender people.

According to the HRC, at least 32 transgender people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means so far this year. However, the organization says that many stories go unreported, or are reported incorrectly. Black and Latina transgender women make up the majority of victims of violence against trans people.

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In 2021, the HRC posted a record number of fatal violent incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people, with 50 recorded deaths.

JOYan LGBTQ media advocacy organization, is also recognizing Transgender Awareness Week this year by hosting a series of events, conversations and campaigns across the country.

GLAAD also encourages all transgender people to take the 2022 Trans American Survey from the National Center for Transgender Equality. It is the largest survey of the transgender community to help accumulate and accurately assess data on the diversity of trans people across the country and help inform public policy and resource allocation.

“Right now is a particularly difficult time for the transgender community,” Alex Schmider (He, Him), director of transgender representation at GLAAD. “We are seeing hundreds of bills introduced in legislatures across the country that attempt to ban life-saving health care for trans children and exclude them from sports participation, essentially trying to erase and eradicate trans people from life. public”.

To learn more about Transgender Awareness Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, or how to be a better ally in transgender communities, visit the official GLAAD website. website for helpful educational resources.

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