Churches, colleges, libraries and centers
In an attempt to help alleviate transphobia, take a few seconds to reflect upon the reaction you have towards transgender people and their lifestyles. Perhaps you are completely comfortable around them; perhaps you do not agree with their lifestyle and choices but can still accept their decision to live their own way; or perhaps you take a more dramatic position where you even feel angry or distressed by the very thought of a transgender person.
Whatever our stance is and in spite of our religious and political views, the truth is we should always stand by the side of zero aggression. This, of course, means that we are required to make a difficult, but not impossible, effort to understand that transgender people exist for they could not be otherwise. Understand that they are being true to themselves, true to their core feelings and emotions, and despite some more traditional ways of thinking, they are certainly not ill or mentally unstable. They have simply stood for their right to express themselves in accordance to their true inner feelings, whether we agree with it or not.
It is a great pity to lose each year transgender people due to violent acts. Nothing is a pretext for violence; nothing. From this point on the only choice we have in order to reduce transphobia is releasing the great amounts of fear and ignorance in our societies with more knowledge and tolerance. Here come in simple acts like 'stepping out of our comfort zones' and have a friendly conversation with anyone who identifies as transgender.
If we do not know anyone who is transgender or do not feel like chatting with anyone, we can still watch documentaries from serious sources to help us picture the life of a transgender person. This will in return help us understand how they feel and why they are the way they are. And if our values and upbringing still give us reasons to react violently, then we must reconsider what we have learned, for any pretext we find to hurt another human being, can only come from a mind that is troubled with false beliefs and values.
Schools and local communities
Nowadays, in an attempt to protect modern Icelandic from borrowing an excessive number of foreign words, a day was chosen to encourage particularly the young generations to make use of native Icelandic words. For this November 16 was declared Icelandic Language Day (Icelandic: dagur íslenskrar tungu), a yearly celebration chosen to fall on the birthday anniversary of one of Iceland's most influential poets of all times: Jónas Hallgrímsson (16 November 1807 – 26 May 1845).
Icelandic Language Day is also a day where the Minister of Education awards the prestigious Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize, a yearly recognition to someone for an extraordinary contribution to the Icelandic language. Laureates of the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award include authors such as Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir for her formidable depiction of the "life and work, dreams and longings of Icelandic women".
November 20: 20th of November is International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Background: Islandia, mała "Ice Queen"