Celebrating Trans New Yorkers

November is Transgender Awareness Month. We take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the diverse experiences and identities of transgender New Yorkers. The Pride Agenda will also be spreading the word about the importance both of passing non-discrimination protections based on gender identity and expression, and of including transgender New Yorkers in our state hate crimes laws. Our coalition's efforts include events across the state and will culminate with Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, November 20, to honor those we’ve lost to transphobic hate. 

Social Media Campaign

Throughout November we'll be sharing images, stories, and facts about those who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming via our social media channels and here at prideagenda.org/TAM. Help support our campaing by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and sharing with your networks.

Follow @prideagenda on Instagram for videos throughout the month

Highlights from Our Survey

Leading up to Transgender Awareness Month we took an informal survey of our supporters. Their responses underscore the diversity of our movement.

Survey findings include:

When asked, “What's something that's true to you” respondents said:

When asked, “What’s the best part about being trans?” respondents said:


Support for Transgender New Yorkers

The Pride Agenda has been at work for years building a broad and deep coalition supporting civil rights for transgender New Yorkers. Here are some examples of what New Yorkers from all walks of life have to say about their transgender friends and neighbors.

Transgender Awareness Month Community Events

Every month is Transgender Awareness Month at the Pride Agenda, but we’re especially focused on helping our communities uplift the positive experiences of transgender New Yorkers this month. Please join us and our partners at one of these events across the state. The list is growing so check back later, or contact Eòghann Renfroe at erenfroe@prideagenda.org to submit your own.

Capital Region


Trans Pride Meet and Greet
November 5
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Capital Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Informal gatherings take place on the first Tuesday of each month. This is a great way to meet new people, socialize in a safe environment and connect with friends. More info.

Trans Pride Discussion Group
November 19
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Capital Pride Center
332 Hudson Ave, Albany, NY
A topic centered discussion takes place at the Pride Center every third Tuesday of the month. Topics range from legal issues to successful transition in the workplace to coming out. Join us for a discussion or volunteer to present about a topic of interest! More info.

Central New York


Film Screening: TRANS 
Nov 20
7:00 p.m.
Cinemapolis Theater, 120 E. Green St, Ithaca, NY 14850
Free, open to the public. Film 3 of Ithaca’s LGBT Community Film Series. More info.

Hudson Valley


Trans* & Queer Support Group
Monday, November 4
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401
Trans* & Queer is a support group welcoming all people of transgender experience, as well as those who identify as genderqueer, queer, or under the broader trans* umbrella. The group meets the first and third Mondays of each month to share discussion, build community and provide peer support. All people age 18+ who identify as T and/or Q are welcome. Questions? Call the Center at (845) 331-5300 or contact the group’s co-facilitator, Kathleen OBrien, at kathleenanneobrien@earthlink.net. "What's this umbrella I keep hearing about?" Find out at our website!

Walk with Pride
November 10
11:00 a.m.
T.R. Gallo Park in Kingston’s Historic Waterfront, Kingston, NY 12401
Show your PRIDE at this very special community walk to support the Center’s work for Justice For All. Walk on your own, with a team of family and friends, or with your business or organization! Free refreshments for walkers. On-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m. More info.

Long Island


16th Annual Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
November 8-11
Cinema Arts Center, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
A three day festival celebrating LGBT films and filmmaking, including screenings of the films I Am Divine and Trans. The festival will also honor trans New Yorkers by screening the short film, Joanne’s Story, one of a series from the Empire State Pride Agenda’s TRANScribe Project. More info.

New York City


Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group
November 14
8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center, 4 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center supports all of the LGBTQ community and will offer referrals to transgender individuals seeking services that are not yet provided by BCPC. More info.


Daring to Be Powerful Weekend Workshop
Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3
11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Audre Lorde Project, 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011
The training is specifically designed for LGBTSTGNC People of Color. More info.

TransJustice Volunteer Meeting
November 20
6:30-8:30 p.m.
147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011
Volunteer meeting is an open group for trans and gender non-conforming people of color and allies. More info.

Discussion Group -- Genderful!
November 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.
41 Park Row, 9th Floor Room 90, PACE University, New York, NY 10038
This LGBTQA Center discussion explores the ways in which we experience traditional gender roles within our communities. Who gets to claim femininity? Masculinity? Is there room for ambiguity? What are the consequences of our failure to conform? QPOC & Allies. More info.

Western New York


Guest Speaker Skylar Kerigil at SUNY Brockport
November 21
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Union Ballroom West – Student Union, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420
Skylar Kergil is a transgendred man who documents his transition from female to male on his youtube account. He will be doing a lecture on his transition and how to become an ally for the trans community. More info.


Weekly Trans* Health Online Chat
November 5, 12, 19 and 26
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Online chat room of the Pride Center of Western NY. For more information email transhealth@pridecenterwny.org or call (716) 852-7743 ext. 3412. More info.

Gender Spectrum Chat
November 7
5:00 p.m.
114 Student Union, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260
This chat group focuses on the perspectives and concerns of transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and other non-binary/gender-variant people. We provide an affirming space to build community and collectively address both the joys and the struggles of gender non-conformity at UB and in Buffalo. Contact Em at emilyscr@buffalo.edu or view our Facebook event for more info.


Trans World Today: A Community Forum
November 12
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Trillium Health, 259 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
A panel of experts will address the current status of healthcare, employment, civil rights and more as we consider best practices for creating change as self-advocates and allies.  The Gay Alliance and co-hosts are presenting a powerful group of speakers - Bill Schaefer of Trillium Health; Pamela Barres, LGBT activist; Ari Moore, founder of Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York; and Henry Hinesley, Coordinator of the RIT LGBT Center. More info.

Open Arms MCC Spiritual Service
November 17
10:30 a.m.
707 Main St. East, Rochester, NY 14605
Spiritual Service in remembrance of the transgender community, followed by a lunch. More info.

The Good, The Bad, & The Funny
November 22
7:30 p.m.
Equal Grounds Coffee Shop, 750 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620
Open Mic event for trans* and gender non-conforming community to share their good, bad and funny stories. All are welcome. Sponsors: Shauna Marie O’Toole, The Self Made Men, Equal Grounds, Empire State Pride Agenda. More info.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Events

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

Find a listing of commemorative events across the state and join one near you.

Capital Region


Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20
6:00 p.m.
Emerson Hall, 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206


Trans Day of Remembrance
Date: November 20
7:30-8:30 p.m.
135 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Immediately following the November Schenectady LGBT Pride Meeting join us for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is recognized annually each November 20. It is a day to memorialize fallen members of the trans* community who have been killed as a result of transphobia and hate. More info.

Central New York


Remembrance Vigil
Date: November 20
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hunt Union, Waterfront Room, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Parkway, Oneonta NY 13820


Candlelight Vigil
November 20
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13202
City flags will fly at half mast for a candlelight vigil. Speakers from the trans* community and local political leaders will be present, sharing stories and names of victims who have been lost to violence. Sponsored by: Transgender Alliance, SAGE Upstate, Q Center, Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center, TransCuse, CNY for Solidarity. More info.

Hudson Valley


Transgender Day of Remembrance Walk & Vigil
November 17
2:00 p.m.
Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960 ‎
A day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia--hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people--and acts to acknowledge and honor the presence of transgender and gender non-conforming people in our community, workplaces and families. We will walk from Nyack Library to Veteran’s Memorial Park in remembrance. Meet in the front of the library. More info here and here.

Film screening: TRANS, the Movie
November 20
7:00 p.m., $10 at the door
Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack ‎
An up-close, personal journey into the transgender world through stories and lives of a remarkable cast of characters. Their lives are shown realistically, honestly and no-holds barred. There is no narrator - any questions necessary are shown in script on the screen. More info.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Memorial Service and Reception at United States Military Academy at West Point
November 13
7:00 p.m.
Eisenhower Hall Ballroom, 655 Pitcher Road, West Point, NY 10996
Hosted by Spectrum: Gay-Straight Alliance Club. Post is open to civilians; please have valid, government issued, photo ID ready to show as you enter the gate.  All guests 16 and older must have an ID.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony
November 23
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel (upstairs from the LOFT), 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
This TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year. Reception to immediately follow and will feature components of The LOFT’s T Project, a multi-media art project on the transgender experience. More info.

Long Island


Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
November 17
7:30 p.m.
Old South Haven Presbyterian Church, 329 South Country Rd., Brookhaven, NY 11719
Please join us as we come together as a community to say "NO" to violence, bigotry and hate toward transgender men and women. More info.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
November 20
7:00 p.m.
Long Island GLBT Center at Bay Shore, 34 Park Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706
Annually in November, the transgender community, family, friends and loved ones turn their attention to those lost to violence and prejudice. Gather with us on November 20th in honor of those we have lost to this tragedy. More info.

New York City


Harlem/Bronx Transgender Day of Remembrance March and Vigil
November 20
6:00 p.m. sharp
138th St. and 3rd Ave., Bronx 
Make it local! A great percentage of New York City's transgender and gender-nonconforming communities live in the Bronx and Harlem and we will honor our community with a bi-borough silent march to the Harlem State Office Building (at W. 125th St and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). Light refreshements will be served.
Sponsored by (list in formation): Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito; State Senator Bill Perkins; State Senator José M. Serrano; Boom!Health; CK Life; The Center; Destination Tomorrow; The Ali Forney Center; Harlem Pride; Harlem United; Iris House; LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent; LGBTQ Services Center of the Bronx; NYCDOH/MH; SAGE Harlem. RSVP to Joey Pressley at jpressley@council.nyc.gov or (212) 828-9800, ext. 201. More info.


Transgender Day of Remembrance March
November 20
6:00-8:00 p.m.
March starts at Center St., Manhattan, goes across Brooklyn Bridge, and ends in Columbus Park Fountain, New York, NY
Join the community for a reading of names and vigil. If you have questions, contact Sarah Hartzell at shartzell@lgbtbrookyn.org. More info. 


Transgender Day of Remembrance Table
November 20
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PACE University, 1 Pace Plaza, Main Lobby, New York, NY 10038
Join the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center along with the Stonewall Coalition to stand against transphobia and recognize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. We honor their memory and commit to creating a safer space for transgender people to live. We will be tabling inside of 1 Pace Plaza and encourage the Pace community to make signs to commemorate their lives. More info.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20
GMHC, 446 W. 33rd St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where we are today - Where we need to be in the future
A talk with Melissa Sklarz
(Light refreshments provided)

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Following the talk, join GMHC for a candlight vigil in memory of transgender women and men who lost their lives to hate crimes.
More info.

Trans Day of Remembrance
November 20
7:00-9:30 p.m.
The Center, 208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Join the Gender Identity Project (GIP) in reflecting on the lives of community members we have lost to oppression, stigma and violence. For more information call Cristina Herrera at (646) 556-9293 or email at cherrera@gaycenter.org. More info.

Trans Day of Remembrance
November 20
Audre Lorde Project, 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011
About: Join Transjustice and the The Miss Major - Jay Toole Building for Social Justice as we come together to create a space for healing, grieving and celebrating the resiliency of our Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color communities. This year we will have an art space, an altar/reflection space, a healing space and a speak out space for our community members to come together in solidarity and resiliency to lift up the lives we have lost to hate violence, as well as celebrate our powerful community through cultural practices and healing work. More info.


Transgender Day of Remembrance Forum
November 21
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Queens Pride House 76-11 37th Ave., Suite 206, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Open Community Forum on Discrimination and Violence against Trans Community
On November 21, Queens Pride House will commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance with an open community forum on discrimination and violence against transgendered and gender-variant people and what to do about it. All members of the transgender community as well as allies and supporters are invited to participate in this important discussion. Co-sponsored by the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and Q-Wave, an organization for lesbian, bisexual and queer women and transgender and gender-variant people of Asian descent in New York City. More info.

Western New York


Candlelight Vigil at SUNY Brockport
November 19, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Union Ballroom East – Student Union, SUNY Brockport, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420
Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who have died by anti-transgender violence. More info. 


Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil & Reception
November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 3107 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214
Candlelight vigil with reception to follow. Event is sponsored by Spectrum Transgender Group of Western New York and the Pride Center of Western New York.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
November 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Buffalo United Artist Theatre, 119 Chippewa St., Buffalo, NY
Our program is an opportunity for the transgender community and its allies to memorialize those whose lives were lost or affected by violence towards the transgender community and to envision a world safe for people who transgress or flout the gender binary, as well as their allies, families, lovers and friends. For more information contact James Bowman at jbowman2@buffalo.edu. More info.


You Belong: Seeking Community and Wholeness
November 20, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
MOCHA Center, 107 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604
Conversation and Dinner to Commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance, sponsored by the MOCHA Center and Unity Fellowship Church of Rochester. More info.

Rochester Area Trans* Day of Remembrance Vigil
November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Open Arms MCC, 707 East Main St. Rochester, NY 14624
This event is open. Please feel free to invite your friends. Sponsors: Open Arms MCC, Rochester WELD, Rochester Trans* Group, Genesee Valley Gender Variants, Empire State Pride Agenda, NYCLU Genesee Valley Chapter. More info.

Self Made Men’s Trans* Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil
November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Rustic Village Community Room, Corner of East and West Squire Drives, Rochester, NY 14623
Sponsors: The Self Made Men, MCC Pride, Nazareth.
More info.

RIT’s Trans* Day of Remembrance Vigil
November 20, 7:30 p.m.
NRH Quad (outside of Nathanial Rochester Hall), Rochester Institute of Technology
All are welcome to join the GLBT Center for the vigil. Shauna O’Toole will be speaking at the event.

More Info About Transgender Issues

Our work for transgender equality and justice 
New York State Transgender Resources Guide