Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) 2021!
March 31st is known International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). First celebrated in 2009, this day was founded by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist as a “reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people.”
Rachel was inspired because, up until that point, there wasn’t an observance specifically honoring the many achievements and contributions of transgender and gender non-confirming people.
Annually, non-profit organizations, social media outlets, and groups participate in TDOV by celebrating the accomplishments as well as raising awareness on the continuing work for transgender & gender non-conforming liberation.
“Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal and economic challenges, but continue to bravely share their stories, boldly claim their seats at the table and tirelessly push equality forward. The transgender and non-binary community’s pride, power and resilience should be a lesson to us all. As advocates, we must commit to learning together and building a world where every person can truly thrive,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David.
Last year, HRC released a video featuring their transgender and non-binary staff and volunteers. The video discusses the need for visibility, the power of “transgender and non-binary voices and the litany of bills in the states attacking this community.”
This International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), please join us in raising awareness about the accomplishments and contributions of transgender and gender non-confirming people as well as calling attention to the work that is still needed to eliminate discrimination faced by transgender and gender non-confirming people worldwide every day.
To learn more about #TDOV and HRC’s work on transgender and gender non-confirming equality, visit HRC.org/transgender.
- GLSEN TDOV: https://www.glsen.org/activity/transgender-day-visibility
- Trans Student Education Resource (TSER): https://transstudent.org/tdov/
- Trans Student Education Resource (TSER) Infographics: https://transstudent.org/graphics/