What is the Transgender Day of Visibility?
TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!
When is TDOV?
TDoV is on March 31st every year!
What is this year’s theme?
This year’s theme is trans resistance (#TransResistance). In the increasingly transphobic political climate, we must use mobilize people against trans discrimination. For every act of discrimination people have found ways of resisting. There are many supportive groups and organizations out there that help people talk, share, come together and raise awareness. Look at what’s going on in your school or community for groups such as Gender/Sexuality Alliances (GSA). There are also groups coming together online through social media and blogs where you share and connect with people who’ve dealt with similar experiences. You could even start your own group or blog to raise awareness and resist discrimination.
Speaking out, taking direct action, and educating others is critical to the safety and wellbeing of all people. Use hashtags #tdov or #transresistance to spread awareness and support.
What if I’m experiencing transphobia?
Know that it is never your fault if you’ve experienced discrimination and you’re not alone. It can be important to talk to someone you trust about what you are experiencing.
The Klinic Crisis Line is a great resource that people can call if they need to talk. It is open 24/7 and free to call from anywhere in Manitoba. Their phone number is (204) 786-8686 or toll free 1-888-322-3019.