Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show your support for the trans community! Every March 31st, it aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people everywhere while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading understanding of trans people. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day to be empowered and give the recognition trans folks deserve! Visibility is not about being seen as an individual: it’s working together to transform society. Learn more about TDOV here.
1. Go to Local Transgender Day of Visibility Events
There are TDOV events all around the world! Attending one in your community not only shows your support but can inspire others to do the same! You can also join the Facebook event and use #TDOV, #TransResistance, or #MoreThanVisibility on social media.
2. Learn About Trans history
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Did you know that trans women of color were on the front lines of Stonewall? That a transgender man helped fund the New Age Movement? That a transgender woman exposed the U.S. government’s war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our history is full of interesting facts and events!
3. Support Trans-Led Organizations
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Less than 10% of grants going to LGBTQ organizations go to trans ones. Many trans organizations run on donations from people like you! The following are five trans organizations run by and for trans people that you can donate to:
1. El/La Para TransLatinas
2. Sylvia Rivera Law Project
3. Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project
4. Trans Justice Funding Project
5. Trans Women of Color Collective
4. Don’t Out Your Trans Friends
It may be Transgender Day of Visibility but sometimes trans folks don’t want to be or aren’t safe being visible. Always ask first!
5. Know the Differences Between Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sex Assigned at Birth, Sexuality, and Emotional Attraction
Trans Student Educational Resources
Also know to ALWAYS refer to a trans person by their gender identity and not their sex assigned at birth. Gender is also much more complicated than the sex/gender/sexuality distinction. Learn more here.
6. Recognize the Intersections of Transness and Other Identities
Trans Student Educational Resources
This includes race, sexuality, class, disability, citizenship, etc. Recognition does not just entail acknowledgment, it means action and centering trans women of color.
7. Make Women’s Spaces Encompassing of Trans Women
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If you have access to women’s spaces, make sure it is not exclusionary of trans women! Whether it’s a women’s college, party, or music event, trans women are women and deserve to be part of these spaces. Also recognize that we need more than inclusion: the entire space must be rethought in how it perpetuates transmisogyny.
8. Learn Trans Terminology
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Trans language is always changing and important to know. You can learn some trans terminology here.
9. Tell People When They Say Something Transphobic or Cissexist
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This may be calling out, calling in, or a different form of recognition. Accountability is vital for our community!
10. Celebrate – and Fight for – Trans Lives
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This is Transgender Day of Visibility, it’s the time for education, empowerment, and action! Join the celebration! Start a protest! Host a movie night! Organize a rally! Make the world a better place for transgender people.
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