Meet the four trailblazing transgender teenagers who came together to organize Trans Prom, an opportunity for transgender and non-binary teenagers to convene in celebration of their own joy, beauty and resilience, and are fighting for the future of their community.
Our changemakers share their experiences with our Trans Justice Initiative's programs, and the impact these programs have had on their daily lives. We share their stories to uplift their successes and to ensure positive representations of the transgender and non-binary community and its resiliency, further combating transphobia, stigma, and anti-trans violence.
Transgender Awareness Week leads into Transgender Day of Remembrance, which Gwendolyn Ann Smith initially founded as a vigil to honor Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered in 1998.
This is a time to honor those we have lost and advocate for a world where transgender and non-binary people are no longer targets of violence and hate.
In this 2023 report, we shed light on the epidemic of violence taking the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people. We remember the individuals who were taken from us in the past year, and provide an analysis of data we have collected.
As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people, we mourn those we have lost in 2023.
Educate yourself on what transgender and being non-binary means!
As with anything in life, a good starting point to better and thoroughly understand the matter at hand is to educate yourself.
Do you actually know what being transgender and non-binary means? It’s okay to not clearly know what defines being transgender and non-binary, but it’s never okay to assume or, even worse, make false claims. Check out this helpful resource!
Understand the challenges that trans and non-binary people face!
We estimate that more than 2 million people in the U.S. identify as trans or non-binary. Trans people are your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Trans people face unique challenges. From lack of legal protections to discrimination at the workplace, to truly support trans people, we all need to understand the scope of issues that trans people encounter in their day-to-day lives. Learn more here.
Speak up against bigotry, bullying and hate!
It’s important to always address discrimination, bullying and hate in any situation. Learn to identify instances of discrimination, bullying and hate in the workplace and know how or when you should intervene.
If you are a teacher, check out these lessons to help you lead your students in real conversations about the kinds of bullying they really see and hear at school, learning how they can be upstanders to help prevent bullying.
Be a visible and vocal ally!
Being a visible and vocal ally can mean many different things to people who are looking to support trans and non-binary people. It’s perfectly okay to be an ally and not have all the answers. You might be worried about speaking up or sharing content when you get asked questions like, “what’s the difference between sex and gender?” or “is gender non-conforming the same thing as being trans?”
Don’t worry, we’ve created a resource to help you! You can find some of them here.
Advocate for trans and non-binary rights and protections!
One of the best ways to support trans and non-binary people is by supporting a movement or an organization already doing the work to fight against LGBTQ+ discrimination and inequality.
Organizations like ours have many resources that can help you fight against hate and discrimination - find out how to get involved and take action.