What is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR)?
TDoR is an annual observance on November 20th that honors the memory of the transgender and gender diverse individuals whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. It was started in 1999 to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman, murdered in her apartment in Boston in 1998. Click here and here to find out more information about TDoR.
Sadly, this day serves as a reminder of the grim realities that transgender and gender diverse individuals experience. Approximately 1.4 million people identify as transgender and/or gender diverse and this community is four times more likely than cisgender people to be victims of violent crime; in fact, 2021 is the deadliest year for transgender and gender diverse people. Further, as of May 2021, more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in state legislatures including limiting access to gender-affirming healthcare, preventing transgender youth from participating in sports, and allowing businesses to deny services to LGBTQ+ individuals based upon their religious beliefs.
Here are two local events to commemorate TDoR:
1. TDoR Town Hall, Vigil, and Lunch on Saturday, November 20th from 11am-3pm. It is free to attend.
2. TDoR: A Virtual Vigil on Saturday, November 20th at 5pm CT online.
What can I do to support transgender and gender diverse people?
Start with exploring your own beliefs and biases about transgender and gender diverse individuals. The Transgender Implicit Association Test may be a good starting point. You may also learn more about the experiences of transgender and gender diverse individuals and how you can be an ally.
o Loyola Safe Zone training
o Tips for Allies of Transgender People
o A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
o Be an Ally – Support Trans Equality
You can interrupt others when they make heterosexist and transphobic comments. Sue et al. (2019) provides strategies to disarm microaggressions as well as institutional and societal oppression. It may be worthwhile to remind Loyola community members of our community standards and policies that prohibit discrimination or misconduct against any group of people. Introducing yourself including your pronouns may also promote a more inclusive environment for transgender and gender diverse individuals. Including pronouns in your email signature and on your CV are also strategies to normalize asking for and providing pronouns. You can also adopt more trans-inclusive classroom strategies as described here and here. You may want to include a gender and identity statement in your syllabus, see example below from Dr. Smith’s PSYC331 syllabus:
Identity and Gender Statement: Class rosters are provided to me with the name a student has provided the university. Please let me know if your name does not match the school records. If your name or pronouns change at any time during the semester and you feel comfortable sharing that information with me, please let me know so that I can make appropriate changes. If you would like to change the name Loyola has on file, you can go to this link: https://www.luc.edu/regrec/preferred-name-policy.shtml and please let me know if you would like support or advocacy through this process.
Please note that although Loyola calls this “preferred name policy” never use the terms “preferred pronouns” or “preferred name” as those are their pronouns and/or their name as described here.
Lastly, you can familiarize yourself with transgender and gender-diverse resources and education:
· Chicagoland Resources:
o Howard Brown Health - LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare organization.
o Center on Halsted - LGBTQ+ community center that provides an array of services including behavioral health and community programming.
o Chicago House - social service organization supporting individuals and families impacted by HIV. Their TransLife Care program provide free healthcare and social services to transgender and gender diverse individuals.
o Queery Chicago – directory of Chicagoland LGBTQ+ services
o Equality Illinois - organization committed to advancing equal treatment and full acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in Illinois.
o Center for Applied Transgender Studies – research organization focused on examining greatest issues facing transgender communities globally (based on Chicago).
· National Resources:
o Folx Health– LGBTQ healthcare clinicians who provide trans-specific healthcare.
o Gender Spectrum – organization that provides gender sensitive and inclusive environments for children and teens as well as resources for family members.
o National Center for Transgender Equality - nonprofit social justice advocacy organization for transgender people.
o Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860) - a peer support and crisis hotline serving transgender and gender diverse individuals.
o Trevor Project (phone: 866-488-7386; text: START to 678-678)- organization focused on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth.
o Transgender Law Center and Lambda Legal - organizations committed to the full recognition of civil rights for LGBTQ+ individuals.
o Trans Community Center – welcoming space for transgender and gender diverse individuals on various social media platforms.
· Resources for Psychologists
o American Psychological Resources:
o Reviews focusing on transgender and gender diverse individuals:
o Articles about evidence-based treatments for transgender and gender diverse individuals:
Thank you to the RISE lab (https://www.byrondbrooks.com/) led by Dr. Byron Brooks for creating this helpful information.