Trans Awareness Week 2022

Why Peer Support is a Political Act Every November 13-19 is Trans Awareness Week, an observance to educate about trans issues and commemorate our community’s progress. This year, we are reflecting on the crucial ways that peer-based support and action serves our community. Throughout history, trans folks have supported, protected, and celebrated each other. When we talk about peer support, we are referring to the ways trans folks have watched out for one another. Access to care and support options from other trans folks has always been integral to our collective survival. Being able to connect with community peers improves trans wellbeing, reduces isolation and reduces suicidality. That powerful impact is why we say that peer support is a political act. Together, we have built our own care structures, tools, and spaces in the absence of critical resources. These communal care structures continue to be critical to preventing crises, strengthening our interdependence, and defending trans dignity. Another way that we defend trans dignity is by honoring those we have lost. Trans Awareness Week ends with a community day of mourning known Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR). TDoR is dedicated to honoring the members of our community who were taken from us by transphobic violence. Overwhelmingly, the siblings we honor on this day are BIPOC trans women—a glaring reminder of the structural racism and misogyny that defines the society we live in, and a reminder that our ...