On Friday, March 31 we celebrate International Transgender Visibility Day. Created in 2009, the holiday was meant as a solution to the lack of inclusive celebrations for transgender people within the LGBT community. A day was needed to highlight the successes of transgender people around the world. Since its creation, International Trans Visibility Day has been dedicated to honoring leaders in the trans community, raising awareness of victories, and remembering all of the work that has yet to be done, according to the Trans Day of Visibility website. The theme this year is trans resistance, specifically focusing on creating direct action to counter transphobia.
This is incredibly important considering the United States is currently under an administration which is working to remove laws which protect trans rights. On top of government pushback, the trans community has also faced exclusion within the LGBT rights movement and the feminist movement. This needs to stop, and Trans Visibility Day stands as a reminder of how the community is under-supported.
So use this day as an opportunity to stand as a friend in this fight or, if you are transgender yourself, keep being unapologetically you. There are plenty of ways to show your support, with one being the main Trans Visibility Day event, taking place in San Francisco on the evening of March 31. Not in the area? A live stream will also be available through their Facebook page. Read on for more inspiring messages and advice on how to help elevate this amazing community.
1The Hard Facts
2Race Creates An Even Harder Situation For Many
Tomorrow, March 31st, is International Transgender Day of Visibility.— BLM Philly (@BLMPhilly) March 30, 2017
The current life expectancy of Black Trans Women is 35.
3In Public Or Not, You Are Who You Are
4You Have The Power
5Always Remember This
6Everyone Is Just Trying To Live And Be Happy
7Religion Can Be Inclusive
8Support All Types Of People
9This Senator Understands
10Healthcare And Education For All
11You Better Believe It
12Gender Shouldn't Define What Room We Use
13A Beautiful Soul
14Consideration Is Everything
15Be An Ally For Change
16Never Stop Being Who You Are
17An Adorable And Accurate Explanation
18For All Who Know Who They Really Are
19Seriously, Get Over It
20Always Keep Fighting For Equality
21What You Can Do Today And Everyday
Equality doesn't exist until it is something we all have and all feel. Take the time to listen to the stories of the amazing transgender individuals who populate this world, making it a better place for all.