Happy Transgender Day of Visibility! The trans community still faces a huge amount of discrimination, so this is an important day for transgender people and their allies to stand up and educate the world as much as possible. An easy way to do this, of course, is to take to Twitter with inspiring "Trans Resistance" memes and tweets — and many already have.
Looking through them won't necessarily give you an in-depth look at the challenges that trans people face, but the thing about the format of a tweet is that it can carry a real punch. Also check out, for example, Rhea Butcher's ruminations on how important visibility is for genderqueer people or Laverne Cox's now classic essay on Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover. However, there are also a lot of transgender people who don't have the platform that celebrities do — and that's why we have Twitter. Their voices and their stories are also powerfully moving — even if they're just told in 140 characters and a picture.
So have a look at these #TransResistance memes, and then go out and figure out how you can claim your own voice as a trans person or be an ally for trans people everywhere.
1. See How Necessary #TransResistance Is
There are concrete, human reasons why everyone needs to take Trans Visibility Day seriously.
2. See What Visibility Means To Someone
It's about more than just social justice.
3. Appreciate Someone's Journey
You don't have the whole story, but you don't need it in order to appreciate an anniversary celebration.
4. Recognize That It's Not Easy
This day isn't necessarily easy, but it's definitely necessary.
5. Feel Someone Else's Pride
His message speaks for itself, I think.
6. Find The Humor
Nothing like a good filter to find the brighter side.
7. Take A Moment To Educate Yourself
How can you change your behavior to be a stronger ally to those who need it?
8. Learn The Terminology
Basically, everything is on a spectrum, and people find themselves everywhere along each spectrum.
9. Remember That This Isn't A New Thing
Things have gotten much better for those who don't find themselves on one end of the gender binary, but there's still a whole lot of room for improvement.
10. Know That Trans People Don't Fit Into Boxes, Either
Anywhere you can expect to find a cisgender person, you can expect to find a transgender person, too.
11. Learn More About The Fight
The fight for trans inclusion has been long, and it's not over yet.
12. Celebrate Successes
Huge progress is always worth noting, and celebrating.
13. Be Happy For People Who Have Found Their Truth
In this case, it's clear as night and day.
14. Follow Their Advice
I'll repeat it, because it applies for everyone: "Be unapologetically you."
15. See The Beauty
I certainly won't argue with that.
16. Appreciate The Process
Huge changes don't happen overnight. It takes hard work, externally and internally.
17. Take Her Word For It
If you can, stop hiding. And when someone stops hiding, support them with everything you've got.
18. Recognize Huge Achievements
A step forward is a step forward, and trans people are taking them everywhere.
19. Embrace It
Your identity, your beauty, your power — embrace it.
20. Have Fun With It
Stick your tongue out at the haters.
21. Spread The Message
However you want to say it, it's important that you express the sentiment.
There are so many more trans, genderqueer, nonbinary and so many other voices out there waiting to be heard. Use this Transgender Day of Visibility to seek them out — or to exercise your own.