International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Each year on November 20, International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is recognized around the world in memory of Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse people whose lives were lost to violent and hate-filled acts of transphobia.
This year it is especially important to strongly reaffirm our unwavering commitment to support and uphold the human rights of transgender, non-binary, gender diverse and all Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ students, staff, families and community members. We also recognize recent protests and events have been harmful for many, especially members of the Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Today, and every day, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is proud to stand in solidarity with the Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ communities. We reflect on this commitment as we join international communities in commemorating TDOR by raising the Transgender Flag at the Education Centre.
This year, TDOR follows the end of Transgender Awareness Week, which took place from Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19. The week was an opportunity to highlight and celebrate Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals and communities while raising authentic voices and sharing lived experiences by advocating for inclusion and visibility in our schools.
As we strive to ensure every student experiences a sense of belonging at HWDSB, we remember that students need to see and hear themselves within the curriculum, their classes, and in their communities throughout the entire year. It is important to be active in creating safer and more inclusive spaces all year long, so that all students can strengthen their sense of belonging and overall well-being.
Thank you to all staff and students who engaged in meaningful discussions and learning. Please continue to raise the voices and lived experience of Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals throughout the year, making sure every student feels seen, heard and valued.
As we observe TDOR, we take the time to mourn or stand vigil for Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse community members who have died as a result of transphobic violence. The tragic events surrounding the deaths of transgender people often go unreported or remain unsolved cases that no one is investigating. TDOR reminds the world that transgender people and voices will not be silenced. Transphobia and cissexism are the forms of hatred and intolerance that must be challenged before the violence ends.
Thank you for helping us to make all HWDSB schools and working environments safer and more inclusive places for everyone.
CCGSD – Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
glaad – Trans Day of Remembrance – Nov 20
GSA Network – Transgender Day of Remembrance
Supports for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Diverse students:
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line – confidential, non-judgmental, and informed peer support. 1 (800) 268-9688 / Text: 647-694-4275
Hamilton Trans Health Coalition – is a non-profit coalition of health care providers, advocates, and community members working to increase the capacity of health systems in Hamilton, Ontario to meet the needs of trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people.
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline – a peer support phone service run by transgender people for transgender and questioning peers. 1-877-330-6366