It's International Transgender Day of Visibility, which means your feeds are likely to be flooded with trans folks celebrating and supporting one another, but also mourning those we've lost and calling attention to challenges trans people face every day. Today is about paying attention to Trans Day of Visibility tweets and other social media posts from trans folks and trans-led organizations, because today we're talking about what being trans is like on the daily, and what our community needs to continue fighting for equality.
For me, this Trans Day of Visibility is the first since my legal name change, and comes shortly before I begin taking hormone replacement therapy. Changing my legal name opened me up to a kind of constant suspicion, not to mention all the well-meaning but ultimately depressing comments about my "unusual name for a girl." And to be honest, despite being nonbinary and not shy about correcting people on the internet who misgender me, I often let it slide IRL. I don't explain to the customer service representative who makes an awkward joke, to the coffee shop barista who writes "Jane" on my cup, to the courier who hesitates to give me my package.
Sometimes, it just doesn't feel worth it. But on this Trans Day of Visibility, I'm reminding myself that to correct those people, to tell them, "This is my name, and this is who I am, please get over it," is not overreaching. I'm not burdening anyone by asking to be called "them," and that goes for all other trans folks as well. Today is a day for us to remind ourselves we deserve basic decency and consideration. To remember all the folks who came before us accomplished, and what we're accomplishing now. To remember how strong we are.
Here are tweets that show we're here, we're fighting for each other, and we're not going anywhere.