This Transgender awareness week, we want to take time to think about the challenges the transgender community face, as well as ways we can all be better allies.
Nov 13th, 2023
Transgender Awareness Week is an important reminder for us all to reflect on the challenges faced by transgender and gender-nonconforming people. This week is not only an opportunity to raise awareness about the difficulties they encounter but also a call to action for building stronger allyship and fostering inclusivity. In this blog, we'll explore the significance of Transgender Awareness Week, the challenges faced by the transgender community, and how we can all actively contribute to creating a more supportive and understanding society.
Discrimination and Stigma: Transgender individuals often face discrimination and stigma in various aspects of their lives, including employment, education, healthcare, and housing. This systemic prejudice contributes to higher rates of unemployment, homelessness, and overall marginalisation
Mental Health Struggles: The transgender community frequently grapples with mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, and a higher risk of suicide. These struggles can be made worse by social isolation, lack of understanding, and limited access to affirming healthcare
Lack of Legal Protections: In many places, legal protection for transgender individuals is not sufficient to protect them or doesn't exist. This leaves them vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, and violence without any or enough legal standing.
There are many transgender activists that can be researched online, listen to podcasts or through offering you a gilmpse into their lives and activism on social media. We want to champion trans voices, as who better to tell their stories than themselves?
Boy erased: A book, and award-winning film, telling Garrard Conleys story of his childhood, within which he was forced to go through conversion therapy by his religious family.
Pride: A piece of non-fiction by Matthew Todd beginning with the night the Stonewall bar was raided and explores pivotal moments in the LGBTQ+ movement.
Disclosure: A Netflix documentary aimed at educating and helping those who do not know anyone from the transgender community unpack the representation of transgender people in TV and film from the last 100 years.
Secret Love: This film is about a lesbian couple who spent most of their life hiding their relationship from the world. They only came out in 2009 to their families, so they tell the story of hiding their relationship in a homophobic society.
#QueerAF: This podcast features a different young person’s voice every episode to tell their most notable queer story. The podcast gives you access to a wide variety of different LGBTQ+ experiences.
What the Trans: a UK based news podcast for trans, non binary and allies. They dissect the news with recent episodes titled “The UK press lies about trans women being dangerous again” and “Disabled and trans during lockdown”.
Stonewall: A charity for the LGBTQ+ community, challenging and changing policy and providing education around LGBTQ+ rights, and challenges they face.
Mermaids: A charity supporting trans, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people and their families. They have a helpline for both the children and their families, a webchat, online forums and offer training and education to schools and colleges.
CliniQ: A Transgender wellbeing and sexual health service(London)
Gendered Intelligence: Support and advocacy for transgender youth
LGBT Foundation: Supporting LGB and trans+ communities
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