Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2014 is the 16th 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 have planned vigils to come together in community to remember those who have died in the past year. For more information about Transgender Day of Remembrance or to find and event near you, please visit the official website.
In addition to participating in official Transgender Day of Remembrance events, many students and educators find opportunities on this day to address the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming students who often experience hostile school environments.
Here are some things you can do to counteract anti-transgender bias, prejudice and discrimination in your school:
Make a Commitment to Support Transgender Youth
- Sign the online GLSEN Pledge and encourage others to do the same.
- Want more people to sign the pledge? Print out the group pledge sheet in the Resource Download box to the right, collect pledges and send it back to us!
Learn More About the Issues
- What rights do transgender and gender nonconforming students have at school? Check out GLSEN and the ACLU's Know Your Rights guide in the Resource Download box to the right.
- GLSEN research shown that transgender and gender nonconforming students experience high levels of victimization for being who they are. Watch our research webinar for all the findings.
- Add to your knowledge of transgender people and history! Learn about six notable "Transgender Heroes" in the Resource Download box to the right.
Get Involved and Take Action
- Students, find out how you can be an ally to transgender and gender nonconforming students on Transgender Day of Remembrance and every day with the resource in the box to the right. Then, check out the related resource created for GLSEN's Ally Week.
- Educators, find out how to best support your transgender and gender nonconforming students by watching this webinar and checking out the accompanying educator resources.
- Check out and connect with Transgender Student Rights (TSR), a community of youth dedicated to creating safe spaces for transgender and gender nonconforming students.