November is Trans Awareness Month
The LGBTQ community has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately, especially in Washington State with the legalization of same-sex marriage. However, there is a part of the community that isn’t talked about, and that is the Trans community.
Our society generally works under the assumption that everyone is cisgender- this means that all people are assigned a single gender at birth, and they live their lives as that single gender without any conflict.
This system excludes all Trans people. In its simplest form, someone who is Trans is assigned a gender at birth that they do not identify with. This can include people who are transgender, people who are genderqueer, people who are agender, etc.
People who are in the Trans community are frequently faced with discrimination and prejudice. In addition to this, there is a large amount of abuse and violence against those who are Trans.
To honor all those who have lost their lives, the 20th of November is Transgender Remembrance Day.
There will be an event for this in Seattle, and the information is below:
Transgender Day of Remembrance event
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Ravenna United Methodist Church
5751 33rd Avenue N.E.
Seattle, Wa. 98105
This is a non-religious ceremony
All are welcome.
For further information, please e-mail Melissa at TDORSeattle@CenturyLink.net.
Lastly, if you need any resources or just want to talk, you can call Teen Link. We are open every night from 6-10pm pacific standard time. Our number is 1866TeenLink or 1866-833-6546. Every teen answering the phone line is an ally, and as always, we are an anonymous, confidential, and non-judgmental support line.