Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility

Did you know that International Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is March 31st? If you’re unfamiliar with this day, there’s never been a better time to learn more about it. For trans and non-binary individuals seeking acceptance and recognition, this day aims to honor their history, contributions, and future. 

Keep reading to learn more about the history of Trans Day of Visibility!

How Trans Day of Visibility Started

Rachel Crandall-Crocker, a Michigan-based social worker, founded TDOV in 2009. Her goal was simple: to help those who’ve been diminished, ignored, or attacked feel happiness. To do this, she harnessed the power of social media to connect with people all over the world and put her idea into practice.

While a Trans Day of Remembrance already existed, it didn’t have the celebratory spirit that Crandall-Crocker envisioned. Trans Day of Visibility serves to honor the work of trans people and bring awareness to their challenges. Through a network of events big and small, TDOV helps to lift up a marginalized population.

President Joe Biden became the first president to officially recognize the day in 2021. His proclamation gave TDOV stronger exposure and a national platform to voice concerns about discriminatory practices. 

While many transgender youths face discrimination, OhahaHC aims to foster an inclusive and supportive environment. From the moment a student is a high school freshman, they are surrounded by mentors who want them to forge a path of self-defined success. 

What the Day’s Activities Include

Activists and supporters around the world organize virtual and in-person events to celebrate TDOV. Regional chapters of supportive organizations have held marches and town hall discussions. Large-scale projects have included documentaries on transgender experiences.

Smaller-scale activities may include posting educational resources or personal on social media with a relevant hashtag. That way, readers can search the hashtag and discover other stories and expressions of hope.

Readings from books by transgender authors and film discussions are other popular ways to mark the day. TDOV events can be found in workplaces, too. Guest speakers, book groups, and seminars all are excellent ways to help build a culture that values education, growth, and acceptance. 

Why You Should Get Involved

Supporting TDOV’s efforts doesn’t have to take the form of a grand gesture. Smaller personal efforts can make a big difference, too, and help create a more inclusive environment. For instance, studying the history of trans populations can help create a sense of empathy and understanding. 

Interested individuals can donate to organizations that support trans people. Other ways to enact a positive change include making an effort to address people with their correct pronouns to honor their gender identity. It’s also important to hold people accountable for using transphobic language and use the opportunity to grow. 

OhanaHC aims to support youth from all backgrounds as they endeavor to carve out a positive future. Fill out the contact form on our website or email us at info@ohanahc.org to learn how you can support our mission!

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