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How to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility
Here’s how to show support where you live today.
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March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to “bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community,” according to Trans Student Educational Resources. These events to attend on Transgender Day Of Visibility 2018 encourage you to engage in discussions, take action, and celebrate the transgender community. TSER noted that their 2018 theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving), and they’re hosting a Facebook event for people to connect with each other during TDOV 2018.
“We are not only surviving the Trump regime but we are making strides to transform how people think about gender around the world. In the increasingly transphobic global political climate, we must use our newfound visibility to mobilize trans people against oppression. Speaking out, taking direct action, and educating others is critical to our safety and wellbeing,” TSER explained on its Facebook event page. “This recognizes that while visibility is important, we must take action against transphobia. Visibility is not enough alone to bring transgender liberation. However, we can use visibility as a vital tool for transgender justice.” If you want to get involved, consider attending one of these events in support of Transgender Day Of Visibility 2018.
1) Visibility Into Action, San Francisco
2) Rattle the Walls, Chicago
Upcoming Event: Rattle the Walls - 3/31/2018 https://t.co/ct4ESzN3JH— Lakeview East (@LakeviewEast) March 30, 2018
In Chicago, Rattle the Walls is hosting an evening of music at Center on Halsted featuring trans and LGBTQ composers, performers, and ensembles of jazz, rock, classical, and avant-garde music to celebrate trans visibility through art.
3) “Growing Up Coy” screening, multiple cities
Documentary 'Growing Up Coy' is about a 6-year-old #trans girl who was banned from the girl's bathroom at her Colorado elementary school. It's on Netflix, and there's a free screenings tour visiting Texas, Alabama and South Carolina https://t.co/zgAkV0GoDR #LGBT #transgender pic.twitter.com/cmSijvnyn3— LGBT+ News (@mondokoosh) March 4, 2018
For folks in Alabama, there will be a free screening of the documentary Growing Up Coy in Florence, Ala. Made by Eric Juhola and Jeremy Nathaniel Stulberg, this documentary about one family’s landmark case for transgender equality in Colorado follows 6-year-old Coy Mathis, a trans girl who fought for her right to use the girl’s bathroom in her elementary school. If you can’t make it to the screening, the documentary is also available on Netflix.
4) TSER Transgender Day of Visibility 2018 Facebook event
#TransgenderDayOfVisibility is 3/31!🏳️🌈a day to support & bring attn to #transgender community's accomplishments👍Get deets at https://t.co/fDbEWHqJ7b #lgbtq #tdov #positivitytuesday @transstudent pic.twitter.com/gu5CDkC1hd— KacyTGirl com (@KacyTSDate) March 28, 2018
5) UnRestroom panel discussion, Kansas City
Join Kansas City Center for Inclusion to explore basic terminology and concepts related to the differences between sex, gender assigned at birth, and gender identity and expression. This is a... https://t.co/flj3QMoOQn— Kansas City UCC (@KCUCCBrookside) March 30, 2018
6) Trans Art Showcase and Stories of Truth, Power & Positivity, Grand Rapids
Join us this Saturday from 2-6 in Grand Rapids for Trans Day of Visibility! This will be a day of celebration and entertainment with a Trans Art Showcase and Stories of Truth, Power and Positivity! TEKsystems is a proud sponsor of this event @GRPrideCenter https://t.co/5FqT6jP1Tz pic.twitter.com/egk625kr6b— Alisha Stevenson (@AstevensTEK) March 28, 2018
7) Trans Rights Rally, Corpus Christi
If you’re in Texas, trans activist Kathy Huff is hosting a trans rights rally in Corpus Christi at Sherrill Park. “Texas does not have protection from discrimination and hate against trans individuals,” Huff wrote on her Facebook event page. “I have chosen Transgender Day of Visibility to rally against the hate and bring the community together to vote for change and demand our constitutional equal rights.”
8) Transgender Day of Visibility Canvass, Massachusetts
9) Transgender Day of Visibility Virtual Event, Charlotte
Time Out Youth Center GSA Network from Charlotte, N.C. is hosting a virtual Facebook event where people can connect to have discussions and show their support for the trans community.
10) Transgender Day of Visibility: Cincinnati
This Saturday March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Come and support Transgender Community of Greater Cincinnati! This will be fun for the whole family! https://t.co/3G71UnHku3 pic.twitter.com/x6seD1X8Pg— HRC Cincinnati (@HRCCincinnati) March 30, 2018
For a full list of TDOV events happening near you, and around the world, check Facebook events, or participate virtually with the hashtag #TransThriving.
This story originally appeared on Bustle and has been republished with permission.