The second week of November holds space for Transgender Awareness Week, culminating with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. During this time, transgender people and their allies bring attention to the community via education, sharing stories, and drawing attention to the prejudice, violence, and discrimination that affects the transgender community. Rita Hester, a transgender woman, was killed in 1998. Founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a worldwide vigil commemorating all those lost to anti-transgender violence that year. The vigil often involves reading the names of those who died that year.
At 180 Turning Lives Around, we denounce all forms of violence. We remember and honor our trans community as we work to cultivate a safe, confidential, and empowering environment by staying current on LGBTQ issues and healthcare concerns, completing ongoing professional development, and continuing dialogues with LGBTQ community leaders.
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