Transgender Day of Remembrance honors lives lost 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on Nov. 20. It is a day to mourn, honor, and remember the transgender people who were murdered because of their gender identity or expression. It is also a time to recognize and remember the lives cut short as a result of mistreatment by the medical system, criminal justice system or law enforcement, or social pressures and self-loathing leading to suicide. Many transgender people are misidentified, misgendered, or their cases are not reported at all. Trans women of color are disproportionately targeted.

To everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one this year: our thoughts are with you.

“Student Affairs is committed to listening to and centering trans voices at UW–Madison and advocating for policy changes and practices that are fully inclusive,” said Gabe Javier, associate vice chancellor for student affairs – identity and inclusion. “We have made good progress, but there’s still much to do. This is one way we can honor those who are no longer with us — to make space for communities on campus to be their full, authentic selves.”

Partners within Student Affairs offer resources, support services, and community for LGBTQ+ students to help all Badgers feel welcome and to discover their sense of belonging.

Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC)
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) supports LGBTQ+ students and their communities. The GSCC is hosting its annual Trans Monologues 2022 on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Madison Public Central Library and virtually on Zoom. Please join to uplift and celebrate trans voices and experiences at this community event! The event is free and open to the public.

The GSCC also hosts the GSCC Discord, a virtual community space with a trans/genderqueer (TGQ)-specific conversation channel.

University Health Services (UHS)
We recognize that transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities are significantly affected by health care disparities and may face difficulty accessing and receiving health care. We continue to improve efforts to advocate for health equity for all individuals who experience marginalization. Above all else, we believe:

  • You are valuable and are worthy
  • Your identities matter
  • You are an expert on your body and experiences and know what is best for you

UHS affirms gender identity as an individual’s own conception of themselves and does not define gender by the sex a patient/client was assigned at birth. We accept students wherever they are in their journey and work to support them in starting or accessing gender affirming health care

If we can support you, call UHS at 608-265-5600 to speak with a provider or visit to learn more about the Trans Health Program.

Additional campus and community resources 
Learn more about Trans Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) and find resources for trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people and their allies.

An interfaith service and community event will take place on Nov. 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance. The goal is to gather to remember and to gather to until all are accepted.