Did Jupiter Come Out for Trans Rights?

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The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues the community faces.

A photo of Jupiter snapped in UV light by the Hubble Telescope late last year has gone viral  in a tweet from a trans activist who tagged a photo of the planet with: “Jupiter says trans rights.”

The colors of the planet under ultra-violet light cast the planet in the baby blue, baby pink, and white colors of the trans pride flag.

LGBT Twitter totally stanned this out of this world activist, creating a storm of support with more than 34,000 likes since its initial post.

“NASA confirms that […] 24 of Jupiter’s 79 moons are openly trans,” Nate said.

GLAAD has extensive and thorough information about Trans Awareness Week, “Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.

Read more about Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance below, and find out how you can participate.

What is Transgender Awareness Week?

Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.

What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Participate in TDOR by attending or organizing a vigil on November 20 to honor all those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence that year.  Vigils are typically hosted by local transgender advocates or LGBTQ organizations, and held at community centers, parks, places of worship and other venues. The vigil often involves reading a list of the names of those who died that year.

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