Each year, on 31 March, around the world we mark Trans Day of Visibility.
It’s a day dedicated to celebrating Trans people, as well as raising awareness of discrimination faced by members of our community who are Trans.
Trans Day of Visibility was first observed in 2009, led by activist Rachel Crandall who wanted something to balance the sorrow of Trans Day of Remembrance which mourns the murders of Trans people.
Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility
Everyone can take part in Trans Day of Visibility. Here’s some suggestions as to how you can get involved.
Help to amplify the voices and the presence of Trans people. Whether it’s people that you know, or that you follow on social media, or that you’ve seen speaking out on Trans equality. Use your social media platforms to like, and share, and boost their perspective and point of view to the wider world.
Before jumping into any conversations about the experience of Trans people, make sure you’re up-to-speed with the latest issues and developments. Be informed. Be an ally. Challenge prejudice and misinformation.
For a range of reasons, Trans people may need some extra support. Contribute to a charity such as Mermaids – they’re experts in providing the support that Trans people may need.
Whether it’s in your workplace, or in your school or college, make sure that Trans Day of Visibility is on everyone’s radar. Put a poster up in the break-room, place a notice in the newsletter or on the intranet. Don’t wait for someone else to step forward, this is a great time for you to step-up and support Trans people.