The Human Rights Campaign and others are honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) today (March 31) with social media posts and videos.
TDOV is a dedicated to celebrating the world’s transgender and non-binary people, acknowledge their courage, and raise awareness around the discrimination and violence they still face.
HRC released a video featuring some of its transgender and non-binary staff and volunteers discussing the how imperative visibility is for the gender non-conforming community.
“Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal, and economic challenges, but continue to bravely share their stories, boldly claim their seats at the table, and tirelessly push equality forward,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The transgender and non-binary community’s pride, power, and resilience should be a lesson to us all. As advocates, we must commit to learning together and building a world where every person can truly thrive.”
“As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, we must never forget those who still feel invisible even in their own communities and who may live every day with fear of discrimination or violence,” David continued, “and we must resolve to fight for a world where every transgender and non-binary person is respected and protected.”
Other organizations, companies, activists, and trans individuals also shared messages of support, visibility, and awareness on social media.
Today is TDOV! Trans Day Of Visibility and we are spotlighting Trans leaders who have impacted the community! We also want you to participate with us by highlighting a trans activist, leader, or mentor by tagging us using #TDOV #TransDayOfVisibility #GeorgiaEquality pic.twitter.com/5OsbrTWkII
— Georgia Equality (@GAEquality) March 31, 2020
The Virginia state House began in 1619.
Every transphobic remark before 2018 could only be rebutted on the House floor by our great allies, not a trans legislator with lived experience.
Now, not only do we rebuke bigotry, we pass pro-equality bills like HB 1049 as we do it.#TDOV https://t.co/rYbijHv4bk
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) March 31, 2020
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(cw anti trans murder, suicide). tomorrow is trans day of visibility which is difficult to celebrate with everything going on. let’s use #tdov2020 not just to affirm trans brilliance, but also to make visible the various crises we face that are so often ignored. just this week: #lorenaborjas a trans Latina elder and community leader died of #covid19 , a trans woman was murdered in day light in New York City, and Idaho passed two unconstitutional bills against trans people. all this in the middle of a pandemic! So many trans and gender non-conforming people the world over are struggling with abusive families, communities, institutions right now and need our support. it’s more important than ever that we come together to persist. we come from a long line of transcestors who have navigated impossibility and they lay the groundwork for us to get through this together. if you are a TGNC person struggling with your mental health right now check out the life-affirming work of @translifeline the only trans peer support hotline run by trans people for trans people. their microgrants cover the cost of processing name changes + updating ID documents for 30 trans people every month. please reach out to @translifeline if you need someone to talk to & if you want to help other TGNC folks be witnessed, consider becoming a volunteer. #weseeus
Happy #TransDayOfVisibility I’m Carol, I’m 57 and I’ve only been full time for 16 months – it’s never too late to transition and be your authentic self. #TDOV #TDOV2020 pic.twitter.com/EAQEKl4elJ
— Carol, just Carol (@nowimcarol) March 30, 2020
This year’s TDOV comes only a day after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law two pieces of anti-trans legislation: one restricting transgender youth’s participation in sports, and another banning trans people from changing their gender marker on their birth certificate.