This week we observe Transgender Awareness Week, culminating on Mon., Nov. 20 with the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Transgender Awareness Week encourages the LGBTQ community and its allies to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of transgender individuals, while recognizing the discrimination and harassment they still face and discussing long-term solutions. Ideally these conversations will last longer than seven days, providing sustainable support to transgender people in our community.
According to the Human Rights Campaign
, advocates tracked at least 23 deaths of transgender people due to violence in the U.S. in 2016. This year, we have already seen at least 25. Since many transgender individuals remain closeted, it is impossible to say for certain how high these already disturbing numbers might truly be.
On Nov. 20, locals will honor these lives lost, and come together in support of our transgender friends and family. See below for a list of local vigils, to be updated when/if we learn of any more, and check out One Colorado's list of TDOR events
throughout the state.
Hosted by UCCS' LGBT Resource Center
: 7 p.m., Kraemer Family Library, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Contact: 255-3319
Hosted by Trans-Generations of Pueblo, and Christ Congregational Church
: 6 p.m., Christ Congregational Church, 1003 Liberty Lane, Pueblo. Contact: 544-0746.