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Transgender Awareness Month at UGA

altATHENS - The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of Georgia will observe Transgender Awareness Month with several events scheduled Nov. 13-16. A Transgender Day of Remembrance display will be placed on Tate Plaza on Nov 13. The display is designed to raise awareness and to memorialize individuals killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Transgender activist Kye Allums will deliver a keynote address on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in room 248 of the Miller Learning Center. Allums is a former George Washington University basketball player who came out as the first transgender basketball player to openly play on an NCAA Division I women's basketball team.

Allums will discuss his personal understanding of gender, his story of self-discovery and the challenges he faced as a nationally known transgender athlete.

Students will be given an opportunity to speak personally with Allums during a "Lunch with Leaders" program on Nov. 16 at noon in room 140 of the Tate Student Center.

All programs are free and open to the university community.

Adreanna Nattiel, a coordinator with the resource center, stresses tolerance.

"Remember that people are people and even if you disagree with them about things, they're still worthy of your respect and they don't deserve to have violence perpetuated against them."

Transgender Awareness Month is observed globally in November in memory of those who have lost their lives to hatred and prejudice based on their gender identity and/or expression. Transgender Day of Remembrance is held each year on Nov. 20.