Transgender Awareness Week 2021
Tentative government figures estimate there are between 200,000 and 500, 000 trans people in the UK. Transrespect Versus Transphobia Worldwide notes 375 registered murders, internationally, between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 worldwide, an increase of 7% from last year.
Transgender Awareness Week ran from November 13th to November 19th to educate and raise awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the issues they may encounter navigating a society that maintains a binary-centric narrative.
This one-week celebration, leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which memorialises victims of transphobic violence occurs annually on November 20, when transgender advocates raise awareness of the transgender community through education and advocacy activities.
The ALRA Community has observed this period with professional best practice allyship pledges to our trans colleagues, food bank donations, and a minute of silence preceded by a commemorative speech from our LGBTQIA+ Chair, Daneka Etchells (they/she).