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New Orleans Hosts Series of Awareness Events Ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance; LGBT equalityPost submitted by Allyson Robinson, Former HRC Deputy Director for Employee Programs, Workplace Project

As this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches, advocates around the country are working to raise awareness of the issues impacting transgender and gender-variant Americans. Here in New Orleans, leaders from the LGBT Community Center, HRC and other organizations are holding an entire week of events, including a film screening, lectures and an interactive art installation. I was honored to join them last night for a conversation about transgender advocacy.

Together we dispelled the myth that advocacy is something that should be left to professionals. The truth is that all advocacy is personal, local and relational. We encouraged one another to work within our circles of influence, sharing our own stories and the stories of those we know to advocate for communities that are more inclusive and more just. 

I was thrilled to spend the evening with members of the New Orleans community and learned so much from our time together. I'm grateful to Mary Griggs, Chair of the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans, and to Deb Guidry, Lester Perryman and the leaders of the HRC New Orleans Steering Committee for organizing these important events and inviting me to participate.

Learn more about Transgender Day of Remembrance, marked each year on Nov. 20, and find an event near you.

And to learn more about how to advocate effectively for transgender people, download HRC's free resource Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding.

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