November is Transgender Awareness Month

| Nov 7, 2016
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Transgender Awareness Month

November 2016, has been designated as Transgender Awareness Month to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. The intention is for all of us to use this time to build our voices into one load call for awareness, understanding, education, acceptance and inclusion.

Transgender Awareness Week 2016

November 14 — 20, 2016. This week many places in the country, especially college and university campuses will have daily programs by, for and about the transgender and gender non-conforming community. It’s a time for questions, answers and learning and getting to know each other. It’s a time for Trans* people to unite and share our stories and give the cisgender community a look at our lives.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

Sunday, November 20, 2016, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event to stop and remember those who this year died because of violence and hate against the Trans* community. What started in San Francisco in 1999 has spread worldwide to celebrate and remember those no longer with us. This year, as of this writing, we have lost 23 members of our family in the United States. Each one taken from us just for being themselves, being Trans*, being like me. This is the day to tell the world that we are being killed and it must stop! Please follow see the faces of our sisters and brother who were lost this year right here.

Get the word out!

When I began attending TDOR, there were less than a dozen of us in attendance in my town. Last year, the hall where we held our gathering had approximately one hundred people in attendance. There were more Trans* people than I’d ever seen before and the allies outnumbered us four to one. We came together, read the names and ages of our fallen, held hands, talked, sang and prayed. Many of the cisgender people in attendance were there for the first time. We must get the word out so we touch more lives.

We are more powerful than ever

Many of us who are over the age of sixty remember a time when the term transgender didn’t exist and we were in hiding. Now more and more of us are active members of our communities and the world. We are making our stories known. We are standing up and being visible, something many of us never imagined possible. From Trans-children to seniors like me, we will not be silenced, not even in death.


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CateOMalley

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I am Cate, a mature transgender woman. I am a writer, blogger, parent, grandparent, sailor, activist and happy. I am a widow, and live with my yorkiepoo, Belle. I love music, reading, cooking, outdoors, DIY, theater, antiquing and flea markets, home brewing, and seeing what is around the bend in the road or over the horizon. I own the MatureTransgender.com website. It is an outreach, support and resource for mature trans* people and especially for those who, like me, came out after fifty.

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