Editor’s Notes: Trans Awareness Week

Hello everyone! I am here with my first ever Editor's Notes, because I have just hit publish on the last piece in my first ever package. It's both fitting and not fitting that my first foray into leading a package was Trans Awareness Week — not fitting because I struggle with these sorts of gay themed holidays, fitting because I love a challenge.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was created in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor the memory of Rita Hester, who was killed the year before. Trans Awareness Week was created in the mid-2000s to lead up to this day. Of course, a lot has changed in the past two decades. The last few years have shown an increase in violence against trans people, so, unfortunately, Trans Day of Remembrance is still...

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Drew Burnett Gregory

Drew is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and theatremaker. She is a Senior Editor at Autostraddle with a focus in film and television, sex and dating, and politics. Her writing can also be found at Bright Wall/Dark Room, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29, Into, them, and Knock LA. She was a 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Notable Writer and a 2023 Lambda Literary Screenwriting Fellow. She is currently working on a million film and TV projects mostly about queer trans women. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Drew Burnett has written 537 articles for us.