5W Wednesday: Transgender Awareness Week at U-M

Why is there a Transgender Awareness Week?
Transgender Awareness Week is a time to educate ourselves and our community about the issues faced by transgender individuals. It is a week to remember those who have faced violence and death due to prejudice and to celebrate the lives and contributions of transgender people in every community.

When is Transgender Awareness Week?
This week! Transgender Awareness Week culminates in the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20th. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in dozens of cities across the world.  For more information visit the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.

Where can I learn more about issues faced by transgender individuals?
OUTbreak, in collaboration with Outlaws, the School of Social Work TBLG Dean’s InitiativeSexLab, and BGLAM, have created a five-part educational series for Transgender Awareness Week. View the full series here.

What events are happening on the U-M campus?
Events include movie screenings, a TDoR ceremony, and the My Right Self photography exhibit now located at the Michigan Union. For a list of events, visit the Spectrum Center’s Transgender Awareness Week 2011 website.

Who is sponsoring the U-M Transgender Awareness Week events?
Transgender Awareness Week at the University of Michigan is sponsored by Lavender Information and Library Association (LILA); LGBT Commission of Michigan Student Assembly; Oce of LGBT Aairs, Division of Student Aairs; SOC 389: Project Community; TBLG Matters! Initiative, School of Social Work; Theta Nu Xi; TransForUM; TransPower; Transgender Advocacy Project; and the WRAP Resource Center.

More Resources:
See the U-M Library’s LGBTQ Health Resource Guide or visit Transgender Michigan’s website (http://www.transgendermichigan.org/).

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