Transgender Day of Rememberance

November 20, 2014 is the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a day to memorialize those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender fear, bigotry and hatred. Around the world communities plan vigils to remember those who have died in the previous year. The below information is for students and student clubs who wish to recognize the day in their schools or communities. For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance, please visit the official website.

Student Media Ambassador Loan T. shared why Transgender Day of Remembrance is important: read his blog post. If you would like to share your story on our blog, please email glsen@glsen.org.

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, work in your school and GSA to be more inclusive and supportive of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. Make sure that you are encouraging people to continue acknowledging and addressing the issues that transgender and gender-non-conforming youth face even after the day passes.

Here are some things that you can do in your GSA, school or community:

Make a Commitment to Supporting Trans Youth
Make a commitment to supporting the transgender and gender-nonconforming youth in your school and community! Sign the pledge here.

Be an Ally to Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Youth
The identities, experiences and needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming people are often overlooked in schools. The "How to be an Ally" Guide provides some easy tips you can use to make sure that all students, including transgender and gender-nonconforming students are safe and respected in school. 

Celebrate Transgender Heroes
This year we're recognizing six notable transgender people who have made great strides in achieving equality for all people. Share this resource with your GSA, classes and community. 

Attend a Local Event
Want to attend a local event? To check out the list of events around the world, click here.

Engage others in supporting transgender and gender non-conforming youth
We've created a pledge form so you can get others in your school or community to commit to supporting all youth. Click here to download. Send in the completed forms after the event and we'll loop pledgers in to other ways to get involved.

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