By Zoey Peach he Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to recognize the disproportionate impact of violence on trans community, connect the greater Lexington area to resources, and celebrate the lives and resiliency of trans individuals. This year, organizers have scheduled a week of activities to honor the lives of trans individuals lost and bring greater awareness and understanding of issues facing the community. According to a 2012 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 73% of all victims of anti-LGBTQ* homicides werepeopleofcolor.Youngpeople,homeless people, and people with disabilities were also disproportionately impacted by antiLGBTQ* hate violence. A study from the Organization of American States found that in the month of July 2013, murders of trans individuals occurred at a rate 50% higher than their gay and lesbian siblings. Trans people face numerous challenges in addition to violence, such as housing issues, access to healthcare, discrimination in schools, workplace discrimination, and issues in the legal system. The weekâ€™s programs will explore issues affecting the trans community using an intersectional approach that recognizes and emphasizes
other systems of oppression that affect trans people as well, such as racism, classism, and ableism. Organizers have invited a number of organizations from across the area to take part in the weekâ€™s activities and participate in a resource illumination fair as part of the Remembrance Ceremony, to connect attendees to organizations that work for social justice. -Monday, Nov. 17: Trans Policy and Legal Issues Panel: 7 p.m., Transylvania University -Tuesday, Nov. 18: Positive Aspects of a Trans Identity: 7 p.m., University of
Kentucky Student Center -Movie Screening: Date and time to be announced -Friday, Nov. 21: Trans Day of Remembrance Ceremony: 7 p.m., Transylvania University William T. Young Campus Center Photography Courtesy Of Sarah Allison
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