(WENY) -- November 13th through 19th marks Transgender Awareness Week, a week to celebrate and uplift the trans community. 

A transgender person is someone whose gender identity or expression does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender is an umbrella term, used to reflect a spectrum of gender identities and expression. 

The week culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those who lost their lives due to violence against transgender people, and to shed light on the ongoing violence transgender people face. 

Trans Awareness Week aims to honor the trans community, through sharing positive stories of trans people in the LGBTQIA+ community, and raising awareness through advocacy. 

The non-profit organization Trans Lifeline operates a 24/7 peer support and crisis hotline.  According to the organization, it is the only suicide hotline whose operators are all transgender. The toll-free lifeline number is 877-565-8860. 

Trans people still face many barriers, from access to appropriate medical care, housing and employment discrimination, and more. 

For more resources and information on Transgender Awareness week, visit the following links:
GLAAD - Trans Awareness Week
Human Rights Campaign - Trans Awareness Week
National Center for Transgender Equality

Local resources for the trans and LGBTQIA+ community in the Southern Tier:
Corning Pride
Corning LGBTQ+ & Allyship Youth Group
Ithaca Transgender Group
Planned Parenthood