Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed annually on Nov. 20, was first celebrated in 1999 to honor the life and death of Rita Hester, a trans woman murdered the prior year, as well as to memorialize all transgender victims of similar hate crimes.
In the past 18 years, massive strides have been made in terms of the visibility of transgender individuals; however, several issues, ranging from discrimination and victimization to inadequate access to healthcare, continue to negatively impact the behavioral health of this population.
While about 10 percent to 25 percent of Americans suffer from depression at some point in life, depression rates are more than doubled in the trans community. What’s more, a study conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that almost 40 percent of trans individuals have attempted suicide. These findings may, in part, be explained by gender dysphoria, the distress occurring when someone’s birth-assigned gender differs from their gender identity, the sex they personally identify as.