Transgender Day of Remembrance honors lives lost

Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on Nov. 20. On this day we mourn, honor, and remember the transgender people who were murdered because of their gender identity or expression. We also recognize and remember the lives cut short as a result of mistreatment by the medical system, the fault of the criminal justice system or law enforcement, or social pressures and self-loathing leading to suicide.

Many are misidentified, misgendered, or not reported at all. We call for an end to violence against trans people, especially trans women of color, who are disproportionately targeted. To everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one this year: our thoughts are with you.

Partners within Student Affairs offer resources, support services, and community for LGBTQ+ students to help all Badgers feel welcome and belong. We’re glad you’re here.

Find community and resources through the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center: Supporting LGBTQ+ students and their communities is a unit of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The GSCC is hosting its annual Trans Monologues 2020 on Thursday, 11/19 from 6-8 p.m. in a virtual setting. Please join to uplift and celebrate trans voices and experiences at this community event! Free and open to the public.

The GSCC also hosts space and programming for TGQ students:

  • Gender Explorers is a biweekly peer-facilitated discussion group for trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning students.
  • GSCC Discord is a virtual community space with a TGQ-specific conversation channel.
  • Trans Health Thursdays is a biweekly opportunity to speak with experts, staff, and other students. Each week features a guest to advise on a special topic. This space is for TGQ folks and their friends, partners, and support people.

Resources through University Health Services (UHS)
It is important to recognize the complexities trans Badgers face, ranging from the joy that can come from living as one’s authentic self to the pain caused by interlocking systems of oppression, prejudice, and violence.

For support around experiences of transphobia and opportunities to be in community, today and throughout the year, UHS provides services tailored to TGNC student communities. These services include gender consultations, individual counseling, LGBTQ Let’s Talk, informed consent hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and the TGNC support and empowerment group.

The TGNC support and empowerment group models honoring the balance between navigating the challenges TGNC students may face and experiencing gender euphoria. Web-booking is available to schedule trans health medical appointments including surgical and other referrals, starting or continuing HRT, and other gender affirming healthcare.