Trans Awareness Week

As we mark Trans Awareness Week, LGBT+ Society Transgender and Nonbinary Representative, Amber Onver, and President, Adrian Byrne, have their say on a challenging but hopeful year for trans people. They also let you know about the Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Vigil taking place online, as we honour the victims of anti-transgender violence.

During Trans Awareness Week, it’s important to remember that while 2020 has not been a good year for trans people, it has also been a very hopeful one.

We have seen rollbacks on trans rights in multiple nations, rising populism which has threatened trans existence, and our access to healthcare and resources degrade over the course of this year. But we still have a lot to be thankful for. More people than ever support our existence, our dignity, and our right to exist. Our allies are dedicated, our trans activists and advocates are unrelenting and we as a community are as strong as ever. We have a long way to go, but we will get there. And to trans allies, please remember that transgender and NB individuals rely on your solidarity on a day to day basis, from access to basic necessities like housing and basic healthcare, to specialised trans healthcare and legal legislature. Take this week to educate yourself on trans issues and what specifically you can do to help transfolk, from protesting and donations, to campaigning and advocacy.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Every year, LGBT+ society holds a vigil on Trans Day of Remembrance to honour victims of anti-transgender violence. This year there are 350 names on the list; this is a daunting and shocking statistic, and we must take time to mourn each individually. However, Trans Day of Remembrance is sometimes referred to as Trans Day of Resilience. For these 350 people, there are hundreds more who have come out into safe and loving environments. As Amber said above, with every setback our community has faced this year, the community has grown stronger yet. We continue to carry on the legacy of our fallen brothers and sisters and persevere for a world that they would be proud of. Trans Awareness should not be limited to one week out of the year. The fight for our right to exist is an ongoing and daily battle. This week, take the time to educate yourself on a new aspect of trans existence; it is something beautiful and diverse and unique to each individual trans person. Respect those of us that have not fully transitioned, or those who are halfway through, or those just starting to question. It doesn’t take much to be a good ally, and by doing so, you’re contributing to a more accepting future.

The vigil will be held via Zoom on Friday 20 November 2020 from 19:00-21:00.

Attend the vigil