On November 20th, we honour those who have been lost to violence as a result of transphobia, as well as recognize the ongoing violence and oppression that trans people continue to face.
The first Transgender Day of Remembrance occurred in 1999 after the murder of Rita Hester, a black trans woman, in November of the previous year.
We acknowledge that this does not sufficiently encompass the intersections of violence and identity in people’s lives, particularly the disproportionate amount of violence that impacts trans women, trans feminine folk, and trans people of colour, as well as the greater complexities of violence as a whole.
This is a significant and important day to remember those who we have lost, to support those who are here, and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done.
What can I do to build positive space for the transgender community?
- Start by exploring our Positive Space resources and workshops.
- Seek out resources on how to be a trans and gender diversity ally
I am a transgender individual. What resources are available to me?
- Visit students.ubc.ca to find resources available for transgender individuals on campus.
- Additional resources are available at:
- Find a guide to gender inclusive washrooms here.
Find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance at www.transgenderdor.org.