Monica Roberts

Happy Transgender Day Of Visibility

Filed By Monica Roberts | March 31, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Monica Roberts, Trans Day of Visibility, transgender

Today trans day of visibility.jpgis the first celebration of what founder Rachel Crandall hopes will be an annual event, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

One of the problems I've long complained about that has had serious repercussion with trans people's levels of acceptance in the African-American community and beyond is our lack of visibility.

Well, the International Day of Visibility wants to to change that.

Too many of us transition then go into hiding because of the intolerance of society. We grapple with shame and guilt issues instead of being proud of who we are and having the courage to stand up and say "I am a human being who happens to be transgender, and you will not disrespect me."

Maybe if for one day, we can get transpeople to stand up in large numbers where they don't feel alone, that will subsequently happen.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility seeks to make transpeople less of a mystery to cis folks, point out that transpeople are all around you in your daily lives and have played roles in shaping our culture and history..

This event is also an opportunity for the people who complain about the Transgender Day of Remembrance being 'too somber' to participate in an event that celebrates who we are. It's also another opportunity for our allies to stand in solidarity with us.

trans and  proud button.jpgAs the awareness of this March 31 day increases, it becomes better organized, gets more media attention and people have a year to plan events for TDOV 2011 there will probably be other things attached to the general framework of this day.

I can see future TDOV events with components such as panel discussions on our issues at various venues, trans specific coming out day ceremonies, trans themed pageants or teach ins about our history.

The possibilities and directions this day could take, especially when people put their unique cultural and international stamps on it are endless.

But I hope the overwhelming message that gets out on this day is that we exist, we're proud to be trans people, and that we are your sisters, brothers and family members.

I also pray that the other message that resonates from this day is that as fellow human beings, we deserve to live our lives to the fullest and will not be deterred from doing so.

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Shout out to my trans bretheren everywhere. Happy Int. Transgender Day of Visibility :D

Blessings & Love to the many of us that remain reclused in fear and to all. There is a long way to go but we are making it, hang in there!


Jannie Anna-Lise

Good idea, bad execution; today is César Chávez Day in eight US states, including California! Undoubtedly an oversight, but one I hope is fixed.

I'm sure trans people everywhere agree that it's important to reserve this day for the celebration of an ally of our rights, and an ardent civil rights advocate.

Can a single person unilaterally proclaim an international holiday? I really didn't think it worked that way.

I try to make as many days Trans Visibility Day as I can. Not in an obnoxious way, but if the subject comes up at school, for example, I don't dodge it. Or if I'm telling a story that makes it apparent to others I'm trans, I don't shy away from explaining things.

It's amazing what can happen when people who first got to know you as a "regular" human being find out your trans. Especially when it is presented without shame, as a manner-of-fact. I have yet to get a negative response from a peer doing it this way.

Monica: I absolutely agree with your fourth paragraph. I refer to shame, guilt, and fear as the "Unholy Trinity" of issues we transpersons grapple with for much of our lives. When we stop being afraid and courageously live our lives, we discover that we are giving ourselves permission to be happy. I think that is very empowering.

Riry, with all due respect,
How do you think the TDOR got started? Gwen Smith had a visionary idea about it, and now it's celebrated all over the world.

Mother's Day? Veteran's Day?

One person has the vision and then acts on it, and the rest of us who think it's a good idea follow along..

I wish I'd known about this earlier; we've have made it a much bigger deal!

I think the organizers should do a more complete project site with concrete ideas about how the day could be celebrated. Types of art/performance/readings/informational seminars. I would like to see it be more of an expression of creativity, gender and personhood more than yet another panel presentation of "trans 101".

Whether we like it or not, one of the hard truths about being a minority is that you're always in education mode when it comes to presenting who you are as a people.

And since there's so much disinformation out there about us, we'll be doing that Trans 101 for a while.

raphaela chaim-anshel | April 4, 2010 3:03 AM

great idea to have a transgender day of visibility.... we are human beings ...we need to show the world this....we do exist and we are proud of who we are....