Transgender Awareness Week starts today. Here’s what you should know

Transgender Awareness Week starts today. Here’s what you should know
Ocasio Cortez and friend kick off Transgender Awareness Week (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – So the ‘week’ begins on a weekday? Pretty much what you would expect from a group that turns everything on its head.]

Starting today, members of the transgender community will recognize Transgender Awareness Week. But it’s not only a chance for them to connect — it’s also a chance for their allies to show up.

Here’s what you should know.

What is it?

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Transgender Awareness Week takes place every year between November 13 and 19, and it’s a time for transgender people and their allies to highlight the community, share their stories and talk about the issues they face every day.

It’s also a chance to educate the public, said Gillian Branstetter, spokeswoman for the National Center for Transgender Equality.

“Only one in four Americans knows a trans person personally,” she said. “And even then, it is still important for people who are not transgender themselves to understand who we are and the issues we face and the barriers that are too often put in our way.”

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