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    Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20
    Posted on 11/18/2020
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    Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20

    Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20, during Transgender Awareness Week, that honors the memory of transgender people across the world that have been lost to acts of violence.

    TDOR was started as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman who was murdered in 1998. TDOR gives us a chance to express love and respect in the face of hatred, commemorating all transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's passing.

    Across the country, people participate in Transgender Awareness week to help raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces. To learn more about Transgender Awareness Week, visit GLSEN's website.

    At Seattle Public Schools, and in alignment with Washington State Health Education Standards, our students are taught about respect, safety, and about a range of gender experiences.

    SPS values and honors all our transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive students. This year, Superintendent Procedure 3210SP.C Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action pdf icon: Transgender and Gender-Expansive Student Rights and Supports was signed by Superintendent Denise Juneau and creates safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments by offering suggested approaches to specific instances where there may be implications regarding the protection and safety of transgender and gender-expansive students.

    Additionally, in July of 2020, the Seattle School Board approved Policy No. 3211 Gender Inclusive Schools: Transgender and Gender-Expansive Student Rights and Supports pdf icon which further affirms the district's commitment to the health and safety of our transgender and gender-expansive students. To our transgender students: you are loved, seen, and valued here at SPS.

    “It is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." - Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

    Learn more about LGBTQ+ programs, curriculum, and support at SPS.