Let's make March 31, the seventh annual Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), an experience that transcends the disappointment of the last few months under President Trump by bringing attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia. Ways to participate in Transgender Day of Visibility focus on the theme trans resistance. This is a day to elevate trans accomplishments (hashtag #TransResistance or #TDOV on social media), and raise overall awareness for the trans community.
"In the increasingly transphobic global political climate, we must use our newfound visibility to mobilize trans people against oppression. Speaking out, taking direct action, and educating others is critical to our safety and wellbeing," according to a statement on the Trans Student Educational Resources website. "This recognizes that while visibility is important, we must take action against transphobia. Visibility is not enough alone to bring transgender liberation. However, we can use visibility as a vital tool for transgender justice."
Rachel Crandall, the head of Transgender Michigan, created TDOV in 2010. The day takes place each year on March 31. If you want to get involved in raising awareness, celebrating accomplishments, or highlighting trans issues, here are eight ways you can participate in TDOV.
1Spread Knowledge About The Trans Community
TDOV is a day to celebrate the trans community, and spread awareness. One thing everyone can do is show their support on social media using the hashtags #TransResistance or #TDOV. If you need something to share, this story about recent trans victories is a good place to start.
2Respect Trans-Friendly Pronouns
If you want to be a true trans ally it's time to embrace pronouns beyond she/her/hers and he/him/his. Not respecting people's pronouns is a slight to their identity. This infographic from Trans Youth Equality explains what you're actually saying when you ignore someone's pronoun. If you want to be more inclusive, this is the first step.
3Elevate Organizations That Promote Trans Equality
Support, donate, or volunteer for organizations that support trans rights. Here are 10 organizations that can use your support right now
- Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming educational environments for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
- The National Center for Transgender Equality, the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization for transgender people, works at the local, state, and federal levels to change laws, policies, and society.
- The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending gender identity discrimination, and seeks to achieve equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy effort.
- Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people, is a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
- The Transgender Law Center is committed to changing laws, policies, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
- The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.
- GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") is a national organization committed to ensuring safe schools for all LGBTQ students.
- The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee freedom for all people to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
- The TransWomen of Color Collective supports the narratives, lived experiences, and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and their families and friends, as they work toward collective liberation for all oppressed people.
- Gender Spectrum creates gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens by providing help to families, organizations, and institutions to increase understandings of gender.
Knowledge is power, and today is the perfect day to educate yourself about trans issues. If you're reluctant to participate in TDOV because you feel like you don't know enough, the National Center for Transgender Equality has a resource guide you can download to learn more.
5Make A Sign And Snap A Selfie To Support Trans Youth
March 29 was #ShowUp4TransYouth snap a selfie day. Keep the momentum going and snap a selfie of yourself with a sign that shows your support for trans kids.
6Go To TDOV Events
If there is a TDOV event near you, show up in person to give your support. To find an event you can simply search on Facebook for TDOV events near you. If you can't be there in person, join this Trans Student Educational Resources event online.
7Recognize the Intersections of Being Trans And Other Identities
Being intersectional means embracing race, sexuality, class, disability, citizenship, etc. According to Trans Student Educational Resources, recognition does not just entail acknowledgment, it means action and centering trans women of color.
8Hold People Accountable When They Make Transphobic Or Cissexist Comments
Sometimes being silent can be the same as being complicit. This TDOV (and every day), let people know when they have said something that is offensive, because holding each other accountable is a vital part of advancing trans rights.