Transgender Day of Visibility

The Transgender Day of Visibility is also known as the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TODV). TDOV is observed each year on March 31st.  This is a day when transgender people and their allies come together on this day to celebrate transgender people and work towards creating a more inclusive world. The day also aims to celebrate transgender people’s accomplishments while raising awareness of challenges the trans community still faces.

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Where is Transgender Day of Visibility Observed?

Although Transgender Day of Visibility was founded in Michigan, the day is now observed internationally. Many countries worldwide recognize TDOV and that number is growing each year.

History of Transgender Day of Visibility

The first Transgender Day of Visibility was observed in Michagan on March 31, 2009. Transgender activist Rachel Crandall founded the day in order to “celebrate transgender people and our accomplishments, as well as raise awareness of the challenges transgender people still face.” This event is now observed internationally.

Since its inception, TDOV has been observed in numerous countries all over the world. Each TDOV, transgender people and their allies come together both online and at community events to celebrate transgender people and to cooperatively work towards a more inclusive world for trans and non-binary people.

Transgender Day of Visibility in the U.S.

The United States has recognized TDOV! U.S. President Joe Biden signed Proclamation 1016 declaring Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st. In the Proclamation President Biden stated, “Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities. Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world.

U.S. President Joe Biden declares March 31st as Transgender Day of Visibility
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How to Participate in TDOV

There are various ways you can participate in Transgender Day of Visibility both online and in your community. Here are some ideas:

Do a Google search for TDOV events in your area. Consider attending those events to show your support and to let your presence be seen.

Share your personal transgender story. The importance of this cannot be overstated. This can help transgender people feel less isolated and give others a better understanding of what it means to be transgender.

Educate yourself and others about transgender people and issues. This will help create a more inclusive and understanding world for transgender people.

Support transgender organizations that are working to make the world a better place for transgender people. Help ensure that transgender voices are heard and that transgender rights are protected.

Celebrate transgender people and their accomplishments. Help transgender people feel recognized and valued and inspire others to achieve their own goals.

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