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Transgender Awareness Week 2020

Today (Friday 20 November) marks the end of Transgender Awareness Week with Transgender Remembrance Day.

It is estimated that there are approximately 200,000 – 500,000 trans people in the UK. This past week has been the chance to celebrate, share stories, experiences and educate others but also highlight any discrimination, prejudice or hardship faced by the transgender community. Today (Friday 20 November) honours the memory of any lives lost in the act of anti-transgender violence this year.

Palace for Life LGBTQ+ Equality Lead Angelica Nabadda said: “At Palace for Life we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all of our participants. We also want to use our profile in the community to educate and raise awareness, so we can help to reduce to prejudice.”

Recommended further reading:

Government Equalities Office – Trans people in the UK

Stonewall – LGBT in Britain, Trans Report

Transphobic phrases

“Real Women/Men”
“You don’t look trans”
“What’s your real name”

Pronouns

Some examples are she/her/hers and he/him/his, there are a ton of gender-neutral pronouns that are used such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir/hir (ze is pronounced “zee” replacing she/he/they and hir is pronounced “here” replacing her/hers/him/his/they/theirs. Some people might also not want to use a pronoun and just be addressed using a name. Never refer to a person as “it” or “he-she”. These are offensive slurs.

See our Pronoun Check HERE.

Allyship

Take an active role; help stop mistreatment or discrimination to those in the community, educate others and share your knowledge/experiences.

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