The Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show support for the Two-Spirit, trans and gender non-conforming 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 celebration and getting the recognition trans folks deserve! Since 2010, TDOV happens every year on March 31.
Trans folks are not only surviving but are also transforming how we understand gender. Trans folks are not new. Cultures from all over the world have always recognized the important and sacred role trans folks play in our communities. In the increasingly transphobic climate, we must use the newfound visibility to mobilize trans people against oppression.
Speaking out, taking direct action, and educating others is critical to the safety and wellbeing of trans and gender non-conforming people. 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.
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 Trans Life Line, 1.877.330.6366, is open 18 hours a day (10am to 4am) and is staffed by Trans volunteers. Another option the Klinic Crisis Line, which 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. Klinic also offers free drop-in counselling within Winnipeg. Teen Clinics and local health centres offer counselling services too.
In Winnipeg you can connect to gender and sexual diverse youth through Rainbow Resource Centre. They offer free counselling, weekly youth groups, and a great summer camp.
You can also check out the Gender Café, a newer peer led group for 18+ folks with the intention of building safer space to talk about gender, build community, and celebrate together..