Transgender Awareness Week: Honoring Lorena Borjas

Dec 14, 2021

The Significance of Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is an essential annual event that raises awareness about the challenges faced by transgender individuals and highlights the contributions they make to society. It serves as a platform to educate and engage people while promoting inclusivity and acceptance. CTIP, The Council for Trade and Investment Promotion, is proud to honor the legacy of Lorena Borjas during this significant week, and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting transgender rights and equality.

Who is Lorena Borjas?

Lorena Borjas was an extraordinary transgender activist, community leader, and sex worker rights advocate. Born in Mexico, Lorena dedicated her life to fighting for the rights and well-being of transgender sex workers in New York City. Through her unwavering commitment, she transformed the lives of countless individuals by providing support, advocating for policy changes, and fostering community solidarity.

The Impact and Achievements of Lorena Borjas

Lorena Borjas tirelessly fought for the decriminalization of sex work and the recognition of transgender individuals' dignity and rights. Her activism led to tangible improvements in access to healthcare, legal resources, and social services for transgender sex workers. She played a pivotal role in challenging discriminatory laws and ensuring justice for marginalized communities.

Transgender Rights Advocacy

Transgender Awareness Week serves as a platform to shed light on the continued discrimination faced by transgender individuals and the urgent need for societal change. It is a time to emphasize the importance of creating safe spaces, promoting gender-affirming policies, and fostering inclusivity across all aspects of life. Through education, advocacy, and support, we can work toward a future where transgender rights are valued and protected.

CTIP's Commitment to Transgender Awareness

CTIP, The Council for Trade and Investment Promotion, is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equality in all spheres of business and consumer services. As an organization, we understand the power of knowledge and awareness in driving positive change. That is why we actively support initiatives like Transgender Awareness Week and honor remarkable individuals like Lorena Borjas.

How You Can Get Involved

There are numerous ways to actively participate in Transgender Awareness Week and contribute to fostering a more inclusive society:

  • Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about transgender issues, terminology, and challenges. Expand your understanding and embrace compassion and empathy.
  • Support Local Organizations: Explore local organizations and initiatives that work for transgender rights. Consider donating, volunteering, or advocating for their causes.
  • Amplify Transgender Voices: Use your platform to amplify and uplift transgender voices. Share stories, perspectives, and experiences to raise awareness and challenge societal prejudices.
  • Advocate for Policy Changes: Get involved in advocating for policy changes that protect transgender rights, such as healthcare access, inclusive policies in workplaces, and anti-discrimination legislation.
  • Engage in Dialogues: Engage in open and respectful dialogues with friends, family, and colleagues about transgender issues. Encourage conversations that promote understanding and empathy.
  • Attend Events and Workshops: Participate in local transgender awareness events, workshops, and seminars to deepen your knowledge and engage with the community.


Transgender Awareness Week is a time to reflect on the challenges faced by transgender individuals and a means to honor extraordinary activists like Lorena Borjas. CTIP stands in solidarity with transgender communities, advocating for their rights, and fostering a more inclusive society. Join us in celebrating transgender awareness, promoting education, and working towards equality for all.

Timothy Garbett
Lorena Borjas was a true pioneer and advocate for transgender rights. Her legacy lives on.
Nov 11, 2023