Trans day of visibility

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On Trans Day of Visibility, this is why awareness and trans representation matters

A day to celebrate—and promote awareness.


Samantha Grasso


According to Trans Student Educational Resources, 80 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school, 50 percent of trans people have been raped or assaulted by a partner, and 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide. Which is why Trans Day of Visibility, March 31, is so important.

Created in 2010 by Rachel Crandell, the head of Transgender Michigan, Trans Day of Visibility celebrates the transgender community by sharing the accomplishments of trans people and education on trans issues in order to challenge transphobia and misrepresentation of trans people.

Using the hashtags #TDOV and #TransResistance, trans people graced Twitter with stories and selfies, sharing why today is meaningful to them—and why a Trans Day of Visibility isn’t a complete win for the trans community, too.

Some tweeted why Trans Day of Visibility is personally important, sharing instances of discrimination they face daily, or examples of trans visibility that help empower the trans community.

Other Twitter users shared selfies celebrating their physical visibility and their own journeys regarding visibility and representation.

And many reminded us how transphobia makes visibility hard—and harmful —for trans people. Trans women, especially trans women of color, are more likely to be targets of hate crimes, and eight trans women have been murdered so far this year.

But to acknowledge transphobia isn’t to say that a day of trans visibility is something to be discouraged. By sharing trans people’s stories, educating people unfamiliar with trans issues, and elevating trans voices, advocates hope to confront misinformation and negative, inaccurate stereotypes that contribute to transphobia.

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