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March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility!
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.
The day was founded by transgender activist Rachel Crandall-Crocker in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. Crandall-Crocker created TDOV in response to the overwhelming majority of media stories about transgender people being focused on violence. She hoped to create a day where people could re-focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to live authentically, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible. (Check out this article if you want to learn more about the history of TDOV)
Opportunities for Action
- Donate to the Marsha P Johnson fund (started in 2019 as a fund specifically for giving out microgrants to transgender Black and Indigenous people)
- The Q Center is hosting a TDOV event on March 31st from 12-8pm. Click here for more info!
- Click here for a list of books written by trans authors
- Check out these films or shows on Netflix:
- The Death & Life of Marsha P Johnson
- Getting Curious with Jonathon Van Ness: Can We Say Bye-Bye to the Binary? (episode 3)
Have you heard about Brave Space?
Brave Space LLC creates community and facilitates access to expert and knowledgeable providers for transgender and non-binary children, youth, adults, and their families. Check out their site for counseling resources, support group opportunities, and much more.
Did you know March was also Bisexual Health Month?
Bi Health Month was founded by the Bisexual Resource Center, with the purpose to raise awareness about the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc.) community’s social, economic, and health disparities; advocate for resources; and inspire action to improve bi+ people’s well-being.
Check out the Bisexual Resource Center website for mental health resources, sexual health resources, information for allies, and more!
And if you are seeking a local bi support group, check out the Bi Brigade!