March 31 was a day filled with pride for all transgender and non-binary individuals across the world. It was a time to celebrate transgender people, raise awareness about the discrimination they face, and continue the fight for their rights. Transgender visibility day was created in 2009 by trans activist Rachel Crandall who wanted to create a day to raise awareness, while also celebrating Trans history; most ways of raising awareness about this are violent rather than joyful or enthusiastic.
You may have seen several social media posts about the history of trans people or information about discriminatory issues they face. This day helps to fight against unfair laws that prevent most trans people from being visible or open. Some ways that they face problems in the modern world are poverty, lack of legal support, lack of healthcare and harassment. Only 30% of women’s shelters accept trans women and 47% of trans people have been sexually assaulted. These horrendous statistics show that regardless of all the progress made in the fight for equal rights, there is still a long way to go till trans and non binary individuals feel safe, regardless of their gender.
With this in mind, Rachel Crandall made this day to celebrate instead of mourn.
“I wanted a day that we can celebrate the living, and I wanted a day that all over the world we could be all together,” she said.
Several trans conferences were set up virtually this year and this day was promoted by many influencers, both transgender and cisgender. I personally think that this is a great celebration of the lesser known LGBT community and think that everyday should be trans visibility day.
You can help support the trans community by learning more about gender stereotypes and how to avoid them, research about the history of trans visibility and reach out to a trans person you might know to show your support. There are also many great trans organisations you can support and help, who I’m sure will really appreciate donations.
“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” - Laverne Cox