5 #TransWeek Tweets That Highlight the Experiences of Trans People of Color

By Miriam Zoila Pu00e9rez Nov 17, 2017

Today (November 17) marks the end of Transgender Awareness Week, which aims to bring education and attention to the issues facing the transgender community, with an emphasis on "issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence." The week is a lead up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, an annual event that honors transgender people who lost their lives to violence and transphobia in the past year.

Below, read five tweets that highlight media and resources focused on transgender people of color, who face the highest levels of violence.

The Williams Institute released a report last year breaking down the race and ethnicity data within the transgender community, which found that transgender adults are less likely to be White than the general U.S. population. 

Violence against transgender women, especially Black and Latinx ones, is on the rise, even as transgender folks break historic political barriers.

People who identify as non-binary have been fighting for more awareness of their unique transgender experience. This photo essay from GLAAD highlights the experience of eight non-binary people, including four people of color.

Transgender people are at a higher risk for HIV than the general population, and half of the transgender people diagnosed with HIV are Black. HIV/AIDS resource The Body released videos of five transgender women who are living with HIV sharing the advice they would give their younger selves.

Despite all the struggles facing the transgender community, it’s clear that there is more representation of trans experience in the broader culture than in years past. Hope Giselle is just one example of a transgender leader who offers inspiration and mentorship to other transgender people around the country.