Transgender flags held by people at a demonstration

Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year and every year, Transgender Awareness Week goes from November 13th to November 19th and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the loss of a transgender woman named Rita Hester in 1998. Since then, November 20th has become a day of observance to honor those lost to transgender-based violence over the past year. The intentions behind the Transgender Awareness Week leading up to the 20th are to educate LGBTQ+ individuals and allies alike about transgender experiences, resources, and issues of discrimination or injustices. Perhaps now more than ever, with anti-trans legislation and rhetoric on the rise, it is important to spread the word about why transgender support and representation is so essential.

AU Media Services invites you to explore the following trans-centered films available through the AU Library and Docuseek to gain a deeper understanding of the trans experience:

Deep Run (2015)

Shinjuku Boys (1995)

Between Two-Spirit (2012)

Madam Phung’s Last Journey (2014)

Inside Out (2006)

Markie in Milwaukee (2019)

Denial (2017)

From This Day Forward (2017)

Valentine Road (2014)

A Boy Named Sue (2000)

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