Each year in the week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November, people around the country celebrate Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. Transgender Awareness Week this year ran 13-16 November
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honour her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
There are a number of fantastic events going on throughout the week at UWE as well as events organised by Trans Pride South West.