Raising Transgender Awareness

A group at Southern Oregon University is raising awareness for transgender issues across the nation.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (also known as TDOR) is a day to remember victims who have been killed because of their transgender identity.

The event started in 1999, but this year marks the third year for SOU of the trans community coming together.

“There’s so many different people with so many different experiences and we really need to value that. And that’s not just for trans folks in general and nonconforming folks but that’s across the board of different identities as well,” SOU student Demitra Olague.

Olague says the intent of the event is to put trans voices in the spotlight as they talk about issues like race and class that may spark violence in the U.S.

NBC5 News Multimedia Journalist Elizabeth Ruiz was raised in Northern Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and Media Communication. She also minored in Spanish and studied in Spain. While at Colorado State, she was an anchor and reporter for CTV Channel 11.

Elizabeth loves Zumba dancing, singing and spending time with her family.

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