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.
— Zach (@Zachxk) March 31, 2017
At school not many people now I am trans, only because it's not obvious but if they ask about I do try to educate them #TDOV
— Lou Gebbie (@WolfPrinceLou) March 31, 2017
As a kid I was terrified because I was trans, I'd never seen another trans person, & I'd never seen one that was treated with respect. #tdov
— Sophie Cook (@sophiecooktalks) March 31, 2017
-I’m angry that the first question 99% of trans teens ask me is ‘how could anyone ever love me?’ Because all they see is hate & fear. #tdov
— Fox Benwell (@ThisFoxWrites) March 31, 2017
Also Happy #TDoV because w/out Trans/NB folks in/creating media, I would not have known it was a thing. Used to be "I'm Gay but not Happy?"
— MxHarry @Tbubbs Mercy22-23 (@MxHarryBentley) March 31, 2017
— Nathan Anderson (@NathanAnderson5) March 31, 2017
at a time when trans people are under attack bc society views us as monsters, days like #tdov are important to remember how lovely we are
— liv bruce (@dirtywaternymph) March 31, 2017
Other Twitter users shared selfies celebrating their physical visibility and their own journeys regarding visibility and representation.
— Joni Grace Indolent (@WeAreIndolent) March 31, 2017
— MOVED (@seokhuiis) March 31, 2017
— gage (@GageElle) March 31, 2017
— Natalie (@Transsomething) March 31, 2017
— yeehuh? (@apathyart) March 31, 2017
— nik (@nikkodakota) March 31, 2017
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.
— hari nef (@harinef) March 31, 2017
— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) March 31, 2017
being visible is not always cute & fun. i fear for my safety every time i leave the house. but i wouldn't trade who i am for anything. #tdov
— Tyler Ford (@tywrent) March 31, 2017
this #tdov i'm thinking of trans folks who are hypervisible even though they don't want to be, and are vulnerable to violence because of it.
— la beauté es dans la rue (@sashastrophe) March 31, 2017
if ur lookin forward to #TDOV and Being Visible u need 2 first reflect hard on how black trans women are dying bc of that same visibility
— ✿ staar ✿ (@Staardvarks) March 31, 2017
I'm conflicted about #tdov bc visibility should be a good thing but it's the sheer hatred of trans people that makes it dangerous
— האָמאָ-טאַש (@frumslut) March 31, 2017
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.