November Hang-out

November 13th to 19th is Transgender Awareness Week.

Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action 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.

So this month we watched the video on HOW TO BE A TRANS ALLY (below) by MINUS18 and YGENDER. If you are interested in learning more about Trans issues, these groups have joined forces to create the resource TRANS101: Gender Diversity Crash Course, and in true Intersectional style have both audiovisual and printed resources available,

For more Trans Awareness Week resources check out the Minus18 free digital toolkit.

Many parts of the world have become more tolerant of transgender people in recent years, but it is important we do not forget that this is recent and acceptance is far from guaranteed for trans folk. LQBTIQ+ Health Australia’s 2021 statistics tell us that:

  • transgender people aged 14-25 are fifteen times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide and
  • 53.2% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 16 and over reported having experienced sexual violence or coercion, compared with 13.3% of the general population; put another way,
  • transgender and gender diverse people aged 16 and over are nearly four times more likely to have experienced sexual violence or coersion
  • 56.2% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 14 to 21 reported experiencing verbal harassment based on their sexuality or gender identity in the past 12 months
  • 71% of gender diverse young people aged 14 to 21 don’t live at home with family

all these statistics are cited in the April 2021 report

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Two things we can do to make Trans and gender non-conforming folk feel more welcome is to become comfortable with sharing our pronouns and paying attention to not using gendered terms to refer to groups of people – our group challenge from today’s hangout is to find gender-neutral alternatives that we can use in teaching and our workplace and share as a resource on this site.


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