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This year marks the 13th year since the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) was founded by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist. First celebrated in March 31, 2009—TDoV is an annual observance dedicated to celebrating transgender people worldwide to “celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the determination it takes to live openly and authentically.” At the same time, TDoV aims to highlight the discrimination that they continue to face.

Today, more than ever, there is a need to do the latter. Just a few days ago, the Arizona House passed two anti-transgender bills, one that prohibits gender reassignment surgery for transgender youth (Senate Bill 1138), and one that bans transgender athletes from participating in school sports (Senate Bill 1165). To keep yourself abreast of the latest news regarding the transgender community and their rights, you may click here.

But how does one support or participate in Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV)? We’ve listed some ways for you:

  • Talk about why they need more visibility. Blog, tweet, spread awareness by writing about the celebration and the transgender community on social media.
  • Support organizations that promote trans equality by donating or volunteering. Click here for the list of organizations that you can support.
  • Attend local Transgender Day of Visibility events, whether online through Zoom or face-to-face.
  • Learn about trans history.
  • Educate yourself about gender expression, emotional attraction, trans-friendly pronouns, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, trans terminology, and sexuality.
  • Yes, it’s TDoV, but don’t out your trans friends without their permission as it’s not safe for them.
  • Know more about barriers to trans justice and to their access to healthcare and other services.

To learn more about this day and about the transgender community in general, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has put together a list of resource materials for everyone to read. Click here and here.

Also, find out below what the community is saying on social media about the celebrations today:

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility!

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