In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), which is celebrated on March 31st, and recently recognized by St. Petersburg’s Mayor Kriseman via proclamation, OUTCOAST reached out to the Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) to learn more about the purpose and goals of TDOV.
What is 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!
Where is TDOV?
Everywhere! We encourage you to have discussions, create direct actions, and spread knowledge about the trans community no matter where you are! You can also join our Facebook event and use hashtag #tdov or #transthriving on social media.
What is this year’s theme?
This year’s theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). This acknowledges the number of major transgender achievements in the past 12 months. We are not only surviving the Trump regime but we are making strides to transform how people think about gender around the world. In the increasingly transphobic global political climate, we must use our newfound visibility to mobilize trans people against oppression. Speaking out, taking direct action, and educating others is critical to our safety and wellbeing. 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. We would like to thank writer and TSER volunteer Lily Zheng for coming up with this theme.
Who started TDOV?
Rachel Crandall, the head of Transgender Michigan, created in TDOV in 2010 to celebrate the trans community in a positive light. Read more about it here. Since 2013, Trans Student Educational Resources has taken over most social media, promotion, and outreach for TDOV.
Who can I contact about TDOV?
For questions, comments, or media inquiries, you can contact us at TSER@transstudent.org.
To learn more about TDOV from the Trans Educational Resource Center, click here.