Governor Hochul Announces Transgender Awareness Month Governor Hochul Announces Transgender Awareness Month

The celebrations turned from a week to a month in New York State

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the month of November will now be recognized as Transgender Awareness month in New York State. What was once only a week running from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19  to commemorate trans lives and struggles is now officially the month

Evan Beers is a non-binary student. For a lot of their life, they struggled with the idea of stepping outside of the gender binary, said Beers. They took the initiative to start educating themselves about breaking down these gender binary walls.

“I started to see myself outside of the binary. I didn’t feel like I only fit into the label of a man,” said Beers.

This new proclamation is a big deal as it will elevate the recognition of trans people and give more days in a month to recognize those members of the community, said the Vice President of Development at CNY Pride, Jimmy Monto.  Members are hopeful people will now take some more time to educate themselves about trans struggles. But the fight does not end here because when the month is over the struggle still continues, said Monto.

“So the awareness is great for a month, but the fight has to be January 1st through December 31st every year for as long as we are all roaming this earth,” said Monto.

In just 2022 alone, 32 trans and gender non-confirming people have been killed, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an American LGBTQ advocacy group.

Some major New York State landmarks will be lit up with pink, white and light blue lights on Nov. 20 in honor of Transgender Remembrance day, said Hochul. This is a day to remember the trans people killed because of senseless violence and hatred toward the community.

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