March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. This day is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the transgender community, as well as to raise awareness about discrimination and violence trans folks experience.
When did Trans Day of Visibility begin?
In 2009, trans activist Rachel Crandall asked why there wasn't any days of recognition that celebrated transgender people, rather than just remember the lives lost to anti-trans violence and hate. Crandall wanted to create a day that celebrated her life and the lives of transgender folks, while also raising awareness about the barriers and discrimination transgender people continue to experience. As a result, Transgender Day of Visibility became an annual celebration on March 31.
Why is Trans Day of Visibility important?
There are many reasons this day matters. As a community that continually experiences elevated levels of discrimination and violence, it's important to raise awareness. However, this day also serves to celebrate and honor trans folks -- and despite the many struggles they experience, the lives of trans folks should be celebrated in a positive way.
Violence against the transgender community
The transgender and gender non-conforming community experiences elevated levels of violence and discrimination -- especially trans women of color. In 2019 alone, there were at least 26 reported deaths of trans and GNC folks were killed by violent means.
There are over 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender -- and they deserve the same protections and acceptance as anyone else. Although that isn't the case, we can continue to move toward that goal by celebrating days like Trans Day of Visibility. This means being an ally and supporting the trans and GNC communities.
Resources to better support the transgender community
Being an ally requires being educated and understanding the transgender community. Here are some resources from the Human Rights Council to help.
- What does it mean to be transgender? → Understanding the Transgender Community
- Transgender FAQ
- Understanding the basics of transgender and gender-expansive children
- Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents
- 2018 Gender-Expansive Youth Report
- Violence Against the Transgender Community in 2019
- Learn more about HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Equality Council → hrc.im/ParentsCouncil
- Transitioning at work? → Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: A Toolkit for Employers
- Comprehensive list of transgender-related resources → hrc.org/Transgender
- Comprehensive list of resources related to transgender children and youth → hrc.org/TransYouth
How Apicha CHC can help you
At Apicha CHC, we offer trans-specific services through our Trans Health Program. As part of this program we also offer primary care, short-term behavioral health services, care management resources, and referrals to specialists. If you're interested in scheduling an appointment, click the image below.