November 20th marks the 14th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance when people from all across the globe pause to remember those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. Transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately subjected to hate violence. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 44% of all LGBT murder victims in 2010 were transgender women. Herndon Graddick GLAAD President stated, "With anti-transgender violence on the rise, we remember our colleagues, friends & family whose lives were taken simply because of who they are. We must stand together to end the violence, working every day to spread awareness & acceptance of transgender people." Transgender Day of Remembrance marks the end of Transgender Awareness Week, a national campaign to raise visibility & awareness of transgender people & issues, which began November 12. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) observed Transgender Awareness Week with the national launch of new "I AM: Trans People Speak" videos, featuring New York Times bestseller Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, actress Laverne Cox, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) attorney Noah Lewis & performance poet Kit Yan. The campaign, first started by Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) in 2010, aims to spotlight the stories of transgender Americans & their allies in an effort to educate the public about transgender issues, as well as speak to transgender youth & adults.
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