The state or quality of being one or united into a whole
Unity creates opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ community at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to come together to socialize, learn, and support each other. Unity is a new grassroots group that welcomes input, ideas and organizing of social, educational and networking events by members of the Chan community.
Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20, 2020
Each November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorates the lives lost that year in acts of violence against transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. This tradition originated in Boston in 1998 in response to the murder of Rita Hester in Allston; twenty-two years later, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is now observed worldwide.
The Human Rights Campaign has referred to the annually growing surge in transphobic murders as “an epidemic of violence.” In 2020, at least 37 transgender individuals – including one this week – have been shot to death or killed by other violent means in the United States; most of these victims were Black or Latinx women. We remember them today, and we stand in solidarity with the transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary community at the Harvard Chan School, in Boston, and around the world.
On Tuesday, February 25th, members of the Harvard Chan LGBTQ+ community and allies attended the Harvard Chan Pride Forum to discuss the state of LGBTQ+ issues in our community. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Unity. Students, staff, and faculty weighed in on issues ranging from campus climate, to curricular content, to social events and spaces. The results can be found in the Harvard Chan Pride Forum Survey Report.