Transgender Day of Remembrance

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A series of lit candles, in black and white, are imposed upon the transgender flag (striped: blue, pink, white, pink, blue).

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) takes place on Nov. 20 and honors those whose lives were lost in the previous year to anti-transgender violence.

The event was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It has since grown into an international event. Vigils are often hosted by local transgender or LGBTQ advocacy groups, and usually involve reading a list of the names of those lost that year.

During the reporting period for TDoR 2021, there were 360 deaths. You can view the international list here. The Trans Lives Matter website maintained a list of 62 lives lost in the United States and information on each person. This information can be difficult to read, please practice self-care. 

While TDoR largely focuses on those who were murdered, it is also important to recognize transgender and gender-diverse people who have died because of medical neglect, lack of access to shelter, suicide, and other preventable causes. This alarming rate of death continues to impact transgender and gender-diverse communities, especially Black transgender and gender-diverse communities, throughout the United States.

Below are some resources for transgender people, their loved ones and allies, and people who might not be sure what their gender identity is yet to celebrate, support, and care for transgender and gender-diverse people.

LOCAL RESOURCES

TranQuility

TranQuility is a community group of transgender people and allies who aim to improve the lives of transgender and gender-diverse people. They are based in Gainesville and serve the greater Alachua County and North Central Florida area.  

You can visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

It is still unknown if TranQuility will host a TDoR vigil in 2021. The organization continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and consider the health and safety of the community when planning events. Visit their social media for updated information.

Unspoken Treasure Society

The Unspoken Treasure Society is an organization in Gainesville dedicated to meeting the needs of the transgender community, particularly people of color. They provide peer support, community outreach, educational literature, HIV testing and counseling, and connections to various needs-based resources. 

You can also find them on Facebook

TransAction Florida

TransAction Florida (part of the Equality Florida advocacy group) provides workshops for major Florida employers such as media outlets, law enforcement, health care, and the faith community. It also engages with public policy issues to advocate for fully-inclusive statewide human rights.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is a national organization that works to educate the public about the transgender community. They offer a range of resources for supporting transgender and gender-diverse people.

You can view their transgender resource page here, and their 2021 report on anti-transgender violence here.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

You can view their 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, which highlights many of the barriers transgender and gender-diverse people face. There's also a specific report for Florida.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a transgender-led organization that connects transgender people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Call them in crisis, or if you need someone transgender to talk to (even if you’re not sure you’re transgender).

Our collection of transgender and gender-diverse books and media continues to grow. Check out some of our favorite titles below.

Please note that under Florida Statute 257.261, all Library District patron records are completely confidential. We will not give out your information or checkout history to anyone. If you are concerned about being outed by checking out any of these books, make sure you have all copies of your library card in your possession, your own email is on your patron account, and that you have changed your patron login information to something unique and secure.  

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask)
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Brynn Tannehill

This book walks the reader through transgender issues, starting with "What does transgender mean?" before moving on to more complex topics including growing up trans, dating and sex, medical and mental health, and debates around gender and feminism. Brynn also challenges deliberately deceptive information about transgender people being put out into the public sphere. Transphobic myths are debunked, and biased research, bad statistics, and bad science are carefully and clearly refuted.

This important and engaging book enables any reader to become informed on the most critical public conversations around transgender people, and become a better ally as a result. 

The Anxiety Book for Trans People: How to Conquer Your Dysphoria, Worry Less and Find Joy
by
Freiya Benson

With advice and personal stories from a range of trans people, this book highlights the importance of self-care and being proud of who you are and highlights how trans people can flourish both individually and as a community when their anxiety is no longer in charge.

Continuum
by
Chella Man

What constructs in your life must you unlearn to support inclusivity and respect for all? This is a question that artist, actor, and activist Chella Man wrestles with in this powerful and honest essay. A story of coping and resilience, Chella journeys through his experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color, and shows us that identity lies on a continuum -- a beautiful, messy, and ever-evolving road of exploration.

Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition
by
Julia Kaye

Julia’s poignant, relatable comics honestly depict her personal ups and downs while dealing with the various issues involved in transitioning—from struggling with self-acceptance and challenging societal expectations, to moments of self-love and joy. Super Late Bloomer both educates and inspires, as Julia faces her difficulties head-on and commits to being wholly, authentically who she was always meant to be.

They/Them/Their: A Guide to Nonbinary & Genderqueer Identities
by
Eris Young

Drawing on the author's own experiences as a nonbinary person, as well as interviews and research, this book shares common experiences and challenges faced by those who are nonbinary, and what friends, family and other cisgender people can do to support them. Breaking down misconceptions and providing definitions, the history of nonbinary identities and gender-neutral language, and information on healthcare, this much-needed guide is for anyone wanting to fully understand nonbinary and genderqueer identities

We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World
by
Jasmin Hernandez

Confidently curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the dynamic founder of Gallery Gurls, We Are Here presents the bold and nuanced work of Black and Brown visionaries transforming the art world. Centering BIPOC, with a particular focus on queer, trans, nonbinary, and BIWOC, this collection features fifty of the most influential voices in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Striking photography of art, creative spaces, materials, and the subjects themselves is paired with intimate interviews that engage with each artist and influencer, delving into their creative process and unpacking how each subject actively works to create a more radically inclusive world across the entire art ecosystem. A celebration of compelling intergenerational creatives making their mark, We Are Here shows a path for all who seek to see themselves in art and culture.

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By Sean on November 15, 2021