November marks Transgender Awareness Month

Transgender hate crime is on the rise, with more than half of victims being women of colour, we need to step up and do the work to help protect our trans whānau. Legislation, minds and hearts need to be changed. And we must start listening to trans stories and experiences. 
"The killings this year follow at least 26 recorded last year by the Human Rights Campaign. But transgender advocates noted that those figures fail to grasp the full extent of the perils the community faces, as data provided by law enforcement officials can be incomplete and many crimes are never reported." (New York Times) 

According to a report published by the Human Rights Campaign72% of victims of LGBTQIA violent hate homicides were transgender women, 67% being transgender women of colour. And with 22% experiencing bias-based harassment when reporting crimes to police, it is no shock that nearly 50% of trans people do not feel comfortable turning to the police for help. 
“Trans people continue to face profound levels of discrimination and violence in the UK: Home Office figures released in October revealed a 37 per cent increase in the number of reported transphobic hate crimes to 2,333 in 2018. Figures obtained by the BBC in June revealed the number of transgender hate crimes recorded by police in England, Scotland and Wales had risen by 81 per cent.
LGBT charity Stonewall estimates two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident in the past year.” (Independent)

20th November is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and is observed to memorialise those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. It's a day for collective mourning and to draw attention to the growing number of transphobic hate crime throughout the west. mark Transgender Awareness week (13-19 November) SAMA have released our new Tee ‘TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS’.
10% of all proceeds from the sale of this tee will go to GATE  (a trans activist organisation that works on supporting by producing and making available critical knowledge, promoting access to organisational resources and advocating to make human rights a lived reality).

So please, call out transphobia, lift up the voices and stories of your trans whānau and help support, in any way you can, every member of our community.