Transgender Awareness Week
Tomorrow marks the start of Transgender Awareness Week, which runs from 13 to 19 November 2020.
Transgender Awareness Week is a one-week celebration leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which memorialises victims of transphobic violence.
“This is the first time Northern Health is running a session specifically for Trans folk. It’s another step we are taking as a health service to create safer care for our community in the north,” says Electra Ulrich, Co- chair LGBTIQA+ Working Group at Northern Health.
To commemorate Transgender Awareness Week, Northern Health is hosting guest speaker, Starlady, Program Manager at the Zoe Belle Gender Collective to run a ‘Transgender Awareness Education and Inclusive Practice’ session on Tuesday, 17 November. The virtual session will run from 12 to 1 pm and we encourage staff to join.
Starlady is an activist, artist, educator, youth and community development worker who has been a long-time advocate for the LGBTIQA+ community.
One of the initiatives of the LGBTIQA+ Working Group is improving awareness and implementing strategies to improve health outcomes for the gender diverse community in the North. This has been outlined as a priority area – in the Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-2024.
The Transgender Pride Flag represents the transgender community and consists of five horizontal stripes: two light blue, two pinks, and one white in the centre.
The Rainbow Flag represents Pride for the LGBTIQA+ community, with the black and brown stripes added to acknowledge the intersectionality for people of colour who identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ community.
Featured Image: Andrew, Elisha and Chrissy from the Northern Health LGBTIQA+ Working Group