The Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show support for the Two-Spirit, Trans, Genderqueer and Non-Binary 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 gender diverse folks play in our communities, this includes Indigenous Two-Spirit people of this land who before colonization had an important and sacred role within the community. This role is now being reclaimed. As we work towards gender diversity acceptance, we must use the newfound visibility to mobilize 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 liberation. However, we can use visibility as a vital tool for 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 (10 am to 4 am) 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.
Based in Winnipeg, but supporting folks from all over Manitoba, you can connect to gender and sexually diverse youth through the Rainbow Resource Centre. They offer free counselling, weekly youth groups, and a great summer camp. In Brandon and the surrounding area, you can also reach out to SERC Brandon for groups, events and support.