This March 31st is the Transgender Day of Visibility or TDOV. It is the day that has been designated to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people. It also is about empowering trans folk and their allies to speak-up and spread understanding of the transgender experience including spotlighting the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.
Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance which takes place in November, TDOV is not a day for mourning. Instead it is a day to be empowered and give the recognition trans folks deserve!
There are many ways we can improve transgender visibility. In some cases, you can take action as an individual but, like most things, the power of our actions is multiplied when we work together. With that in mind, here are some activities you may want to consider on our upcoming TDOV!
1. Go to Local Transgender Day of Visibility Events
2. Learn About Trans history
3. Support Trans-Led Organizations
4. Familiarize Yourself with Transgender Terminology
5. Recognize and Endeavor to Understand the Intersections of Transness and Other Identities
There are trans people with disabilities, trans people of color and trans people of different classes. These and other experiences mean that virtually every trans person views the world in an individual way. Learning about someone’s experience will bring you closer and make you a better advocate.
6. Create Safe and Inclusive Spaces
7. Respect Your Trans Friends’ Right to Privacy
While many trans people are comfortable with being out and proud, others may not feel safe with being quite so visible. So, before you expose a trans person, ask them if it is OK first.
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