November is Transgender Awareness Month—a great opportunity to celebrate the transgender community, it is also a time to learn about what it really means to be transgender and live as a gender non-conforming person.

There are several events and educational opportunities in South Florida. The highlight of the month is the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR), a worldwide gathering of trans and allied supporters.

On Thursday, November 16th, there is a screening of “Majesty Girls.” This documentary is about trans women who have overcome self- doubt, discrimination and transgender violence. A panel discussion with the directors follows. The screening is at 6:30pm at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors.

On Monday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. There will be several observances in South Florida:

  • The Pride Center hosts a candle lighting ceremony to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender bigotry and violence. The observance begins at 7 p.m. at the Pride Center.
  • In Miami on the campus of Barry University, the fifth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience will be held in Andreas 111. Organizers request guests arrive promptly at 6pm – the program will begin at 6:30pm. This year, funded in part by The Miami Foundation, the speaker is Holiday Simmons, MSW. Simmons has a background in Social Work, Education, and Performing Arts & Activism. Holiday is also a community educator and healer. He focuses on transgender rights, police violence, Black resiliency, LGBT Native Americans, and two-spirit magic. Barry University is located at 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores.
  • At Compass in Lake Worth, there will be an open mic event where members of the community can come and share their thoughts, feelings and sentiments. The MCs for the evening are Sabrine Pearson and Velvet Lenore. It takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth.

A Meet N Mingle Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 21. This event is held in partnership with TransSocial. It’s an opportunity to learn about PrEP. There’s free ice cream for the first 30 people attending. It starts at 7 p.m. and is held at Wilton Creamery located at 2301 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.

The third annual Transgender Equality Awards are Monday, Nov. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening acknowledges those who have worked to advance transgender equality in the community. The awards will be held at the Infinity Lounge located at 2184 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.

A discussion examining how the media covers the transgender community takes place on Nov. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics that will be covered include the importance of pronouns, a reporter’s fear of being blunt and/or unintentionally offensive, how to bridge the gap between the media and the trans community, and big issues impacting the community today.

Panelists include SunServe case manager Tiffany Arieagus, Emery Grant of the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and Transgender Activist Rajee Narinesingh. The event is moderated by SFGN’s own Brendon Lies. This free event takes place at the Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery at 2159 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.