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Transgender Awareness Week

Every year leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (Sunday 20th November) organisations recognise and participate in Transgender Awareness Week #transawarenessweek.

Transgender Day of Remembrance [TDoR] was created by Gwendolyn Anna Smith to remember Rita Hestor who was murdered on 28th November 1998 and launched the “Remembering our dead” project and candlelight vigil in 1999.

This day is a way to remember those who were killed or have taken their own life due to transphobia (anti-transgender hatred and/or prejudice)

Transgender Awareness Week helps bring a needed spotlight on the issues and barriers faced by trans, non-binary and gender diverse members of our society.

As trans allies we use this opportunity highlight the additional pressures and how this also affects the mental health of being trans in our community, whilst remembering those we have lost on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

During the Pandemic one third of trans young people (29%) experienced daily tensions in their ‘home’, compared to one in five non-trans young people, and two thirds of transgender young people say their mental health had worsened, compared to half of young people who are not transgender.

At Metanoia we are proud of our diverse work and community, starting with our LGBT+ founders and our history of attendance at LGBT+ Pride.

This year we are also pleased to welcome Dr Igi Moon who will be delivering two free workshops exclusively for our students.

Universities UK also recently published: In conversation with: Sarah Furley on welcoming trans students.

But as with other organisations globally and in the UK we are aware we should and need to do more to as trans allies in our community and the workplace.

Trans Actual a UK trans advocacy charity recently published results from their community voice survey. This stated 63% of respondents faced transphobia when job hunting increasing to 73% for members who are Black or an ethnic minority.

The same report highlights that 80% of employed non-binary staff have suffered from transphobia from their colleagues with 81% believing transphobic media coverage has impact their workplace.

While trans members of our community suffer in the UK we also use this event to bring attention to global anti-trans homicides.

In a recent project by Transgender Europe conducted during 2021, 375 trans and gender-diverse people were reported killed globally (United States, Mexico and Brazil being the most dangerous) and a total 4042 trans and gender-diverse people were reported killed in 80 countries between January 2008 and September 2021. With Black trans women, migrants and sex workers facing the highest rates of violence.

From mental health support and training through to creating a welcoming environment at Metanoia, we stand with all members of the LGBT+ community and will no longer remain silent when faced with transphobia or homophobia.

Together and only together can we improve the lives of trans people in our society.

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  • 15 November 2022