Observed annually in November, Transgender Awareness Week (11/13 – 11/19) is a time to help raise awareness about the transgender community and the issues members face. This week "transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community."
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has been a leading voice for change and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Learn more about their mission and history by visiting their website. Be sure to view GLAAD's resources below that have been curated for this week:
While Pride Month takes place every June, read this Illinois workNet article that also includes information on how employers can support LGBTQ+ employees in the workplace.
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC) brings LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses together with a mission to promote economic opportunities. LGBTCC fosters pride serving the community being an advocate and resource for all member businesses that encourage equality, increases awareness, and encourages businesses and individuals as a support system. LGBTCC is a voice for the Illinois LGBTQ+ community.
The Association of Latina/o/x as Motivating Action (ALMA) fights for the rights of the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning community by advocating for fairness and equality, and affirming Latinx LGBTQ culture. Learn more at their website and be sure to read an interview with the Assistant Secretary of IDHS Dulce Quintero who has helped to inspire others within the LGBTQ community.
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