Wednesday marked the start of Transgender Awareness Week, an international observance running from 13-19 November each year where trans and gender non-conforming people, organisations and allies work to increase the visibility of trans people and the challenges they face.

Trans people continue to face profound levels of discrimination and violence in the UK: Home Office figures released in October revealed a 37 per cent increase in the number of reported transphobic hate crimes to 2,333 in 2018. Figures obtained by the BBC in June revealed the number of transgender hate crimes recorded by police in England, Scotland and Wales had risen by 81 per cent.

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Trans awareness week: What Munroe Bergdorf, Paris Lees and other trans people want you to know
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