Transgender Day of Visibility: All Walks of Life

Transgender Day of Visibility
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Find out 10 things you can do for Transgender Day of Visibility here.

By: TRT*—

Each year on March 31, the whole world observes Transgender Day of Visibility to raise awareness about transgender people. On this day, transgender people and allies celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while still spotlighting the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.

Created by trans advocate Rachel Crandall, head of Transgender Michigan, TDOV today marks the 7th Annual International Transgender Day of Visibility. Out of the need to portray transgender lives and the lives of gender non-conforming people differently than just shown via media outlets’ violent stories of horrible murders at the hand of trans haters, Crandall created this day. She hoped to create a day where people could focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to be themselves and be seen, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible.

Transgender people come from all walks of life—they are moms and dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. They are your coworkers and your neighbors. They can also be 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. They are a diverse community representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.

International Transgender Day of Visibility is honored every year on March 31 and is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.

From the Trans Student Education Resources, check out 10 Things You Can do for TDOV:

  1. Go to Local Transgender Day of Visibility Events
  2. Learn About Trans history
  3. Support Trans-Led Organizations – Donate (MassTPC, Point of Pride, )
  4. Don’t Out Your Trans Friends
  5. Know the Differences Between Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Assigned at Birth, Sexuality, and Emotional Attraction
  6. Recognize the Intersections of Transness and Other Identities
  7. Make Women’s Spaces Encompassing of Trans Women
  8. Learn Trans Terminology (Trans Talk 101)
  9. Tell People When They Say Something Transphobic or Cissexist
  10. Celebrate – and Fight for – Trans Lives

Robust Resources

Read More from HRC

Watch Inspiring Videos

Moms for Transgender Equality: These spectacular and brave moms stand up and speak out in support of their transgender and gender-expansive children.

Follow and participate in the International Transgender Day of Visibility on social media using hashtag #TDOV.

*Excerpts researched by The Rainbow Times along with HRC, GLAAD, and others listed above.


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