Hannah Bender (they/them) is a rabbinical student at HUC in Los Angeles, and grew up at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, Illinois. They studied religious studies at the University of Minnesota and enjoys cooking nice soups and collaging cards for their friends around the world.
Transgender Awareness Week is a chance to educate the public. It is important for people who are not part of the trans community to understand the oppression transgender and gender-expansive people face every day. While it is always important to affirm trans identities, Transgender Awareness Week provides an opportunity to center the voices of trans and gender-expansive people.