Be the person you were meant to be! During the month of November, we are offering $100 off gender affirming top surgery consultations. Schedule your appointment today!
Do you know-- and maybe love-- someone who is transgender or nonbinary? While there is a good chance you do, many trans and nonbinary people don’t feel safe enough to be out to everyone in their lives, or sometimes out at all. Transgender and non-binary people face violence at a disproportionate rate, resulting in many deciding to remain closeted.
What is Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance?
Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place on November 20th every year. It was started by trans activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith in 1999 to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a trans woman who was murdered in 1998, as well as all transgender victims of murder and other violent crimes. In 2009, Rachel Crandall led the first International Transgender Day of Visibility on November 20th, offering an alternative celebration of the achievements and contributions of the trans community, to balance out the mourning of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Transgender Awareness Week is the lead-up to the Day of Remembrance, running every year from November 13-19th. It’s a time when the transgender community and allies host events and share information to educate the public about what it means to be trans or nonbinary. They share stories, create and show art and films, and coordinate discussions about trans lives and issues.
Why do we have Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Awareness Week?
This time in November is so important because there’s still so much lack of understanding, misinformation, stigma, and bias around being transgender or nonbinary. Only about a quarter to a third of adults in the U.S. know someone personally who is trans; it’s a lot easier to believe the negative stereotypes about trans people when you don’t (think you) know any.
These are some of the inequalities and injustices that transgender and nonbinary people face every day:
- Over half have experienced some sort of physical assault, especially intimate partner violence.
- The rate of physical assault against trans people is four times that of non-trans people.
- Dozens of transgender people are murdered every year because they are trans, and those rates continue to rise each year.
- Trans people are twice as likely to be unemployed (four times as likely for people of color) and four times as likely to live in poverty as cisgender people.
- More than half of transgender or nonbinary youth have self-harmed or considered or attempted suicide.
- Transgender people report regular harassment at work, in public, or by police.
By understanding the trauma and hardships that transgender and nonbinary people face, by hearing their stories and learning to empathize with them, each of us learns to become true allies-- or to become better ones. We realize why it’s important to stand in solidarity with the trans community and to advocate for justice and for fair and inclusive policies.
It might feel a little overwhelming to know where to begin. Try these resources!
- GLAAD’s list of trans-positive media to watch
- Human Rights Campaign’s schedule of events for the week
- Learn more about transgender terminology
- How to support your loved one through their transition
How gender affirming plastic surgery procedures help
For transgender people, having gender affirming surgery is not a cosmetic procedure but a medical treatment that leads to significantly lowered rates of suicide and depression-- and even lower rates of tobacco use. It’s more and more widely considered to be an important treatment for gender dysphoria. Not every transgender or nonbinary person chooses to get gender affirmation surgery or non-surgical treatments, but for those who do, the benefits are life-changing and sometimes life-saving.
Perhaps the most common gender affirming surgery is what’s referred to as “top surgery”. This means breast reduction or removal for those seeking a more masculine body (also called FTM or FTX top surgery, chest masculinization, or chest sculpting), and breast enhancement/implants for those looking for a more typically feminine physique (also known as MTF or MTX top surgery).
It may also include facial resculpting, liposuction, tracheal shaving, and other types of body contouring. And, of course, there is “bottom surgery” to alter the patient’s genitals-- often, this is the first thing cisgender people think of when they hear “gender affirming surgery”, but top surgery is twice as common.
Because these procedures are so crucial to the health and wellbeing of so many transgender and nonbinary people, in honor of Transgender Awareness Week, we're offering $100 off any consultation for gender affirming top surgeries during the month of November 2021. Contact us to set up a consultation for yourself or your loved one, and embrace the body you were meant to have.