Today, the City Council approved a resolution declaring November Transgender Awareness Month. The vote by council members comes two days before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice.
For more than 20 years, the City and the State have explicitly protected the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming residents to be free from discrimination based on gender identity. In 1975, Minneapolis became the first city in the country to pass an ordinance preventing discrimination. Despite this, disparities still exist in virtually all areas including employment, healthcare, safety, housing and access to public spaces.
In 2014, the City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group was established to look at transgender disparities, engage the broader community and make policy recommendations for the City to improve the lives of transgender residents. Originally led by Glidden, it is now managed by the City Coordinator’s Office.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed every Nov. 20, came about after the 1998 murder of transgender and education advocate Rita Hester. Organizers report more than 2,200 murders of trans and gender non-conforming people in 68 countries across the world since 2008.
More information: www.minneapolismn.gov/transgender.