Trans Awareness Week 2020

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Trans Awareness Week is taking place until 19 November with the Transgender Day of Remembrance coming up on 20 November. The Future Laboratory explores how to get involved this year

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

‘Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.’
- Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

How can you get involved in the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Participate in the Transgender Day of Remembrance by attending and/or organising a vigil on 20 November to honour all those transgender people whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence this year, and by learning about the violence affecting the transgender community. Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBT+ organisations, and held at community centres, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigils often involve reading a list of the names of those lost in the past year. 

The Future Laboratory's strategic researcher and Diversity & Inclusion coach, Momo Amjad, will be reading an Islamic prayer at the Stonewall – Digital Vigil for Trans Day of Remembrance event on 20 November at 6:00pm.

Read on to explore a curation of links to readings, the vigil and documentaries.

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17 November 2020

Author: Rodrigo Tobal

Image: Dutch Invertuals. Visuals by Audrey Large


The Gaze from & Other Stories, Stockholm. Five creatives, all transgender, tell a story that broadens the view on gender in fashion

Digital Vigil for Trans Day of Remembrance

20 November is Trans Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those whose lives have been taken by transphobia in the past year. The vigil will be streamed online where The Future Laboratory's strategic researcher and Diversity & Inclusion coach, Momo Amjad will be participating. Find out more on attending the vigil here.

TDOR: When is it and why does it take place?

Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on 20 November every year to honour the transgender and gender non-conforming people whose lives have been lost to acts of transphobic violence. Learn more.

Glossary of Terms: Transgender

GLAAD provides a transgender glossary for all its visitors that I found really informative and easy to understand. Explore the glossary.

‘It is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.’
Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
Misery, London.Photography by Ella J Frost

Film Recommendation:
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Victoria Cruz investigates the mysterious 1992 death of black gay rights activist and Stonewall veteran, Marsha P. Johnson. Using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson's family, friends and fellow activists. Watch it now on Netflix.

Film Recommendation:

DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments. Grappling with films like A Florida Enchantment (1914), Dog Day AfternoonThe Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and with shows like The JeffersonsThe L-Word, and Pose, they trace a history that is at once dehumanizing, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous.

What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Reframing familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, director Sam Feder invites viewers to confront unexamined assumptions, and shows how what once captured the American imagination now elicit new feelings. Disclosure provokes a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people. Watch it now on Netflix

‘57% of women surveyed support self-ID for trans people, and 50% of the UK population are in favour of trans people self-identifying.’

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Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families

Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.

Transgender and gender-variant children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face. Find more information on how to involved here.

Get in touch with our Diversity and Inclusion coaches at to find out more about our strategy as a business. Read more on our Intersectionality series where we cover important trends, big ideas and opinions on inclusion and equality.


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