Trans day of visibility

Photo via bandaidknees/Twitter Photo via AtWelshRy/Twitter

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

A day to celebrate—and promote awareness.

 

Samantha Grasso

IRL

Published Mar 31, 2017   Updated Mar 31, 2017, 2:44 pm CDT

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.

https://twitter.com/rosetintworld/status/847779443523411968

https://twitter.com/MagsVisaggs/status/847819211640590336

https://twitter.com/tmetcalfe/status/847840669573840897

https://twitter.com/Vivien_JustJ/status/847843048587501569

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

https://twitter.com/GatsbyLow/status/847554173063143424

https://twitter.com/AtWelshRy/status/847702738494382083

https://twitter.com/bandaidknees/status/847754366836654081

https://twitter.com/felixryan_/status/847762581066567680

https://twitter.com/ohgbaker/status/847779734536585217

https://twitter.com/luckyone_miggs/status/847855717243428864

https://twitter.com/MxJackMonroe/status/847794652006711296

https://twitter.com/fakerapper/status/847804722148814848

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.

https://twitter.com/Iongviewing/status/847821792500731905

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.

https://twitter.com/EmmaVicky82/status/847750501814816768

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*First Published: Mar 31, 2017, 2:43 pm CDT