Please join us as we celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility today, honored every year around the world on March 31! Transgender Day of Visibility is an important opportunity to uplift, cherish, and recognize all of our transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse siblings while highlighting their many accomplishments and triumphs. The visionary leadership of Black and brown women of transgender experience like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera helped to drive the fight for LGBTQ+ rights that continues to this day. Within our own South Florida communities, trans leaders are helping to create a more equitable and inclusive future and continue to lead from the front lines, guiding protest movements, building mutual aid networks, advocating for immigrant and labor rights, and pushing for equity for all of our residents. Today, we say loudly so that all of our trans siblings can hear:
You are loved. You are valued. You matter. You are seen. ️
Allies, here are a few ways you can help honor TDOV with action:
✔️ Support trans-led organizations
✔️ Educate yourself about gender identity and expression and take time to learn about the transgender community
✔️ Learn about and push back against anti-trans legislation, like the numerous bills currently targeting transgender athletes
✔️ Listen to trans folx and support trans leadership
✔️ Ensure the language you use is gender-inclusive
✔️ Celebrate transgender experience and recognize that this experience will be different for everyone
✔️ Respect pronouns and introduce yourself with your pronouns at meetings and events and add them to your Zoom name, email signature, and business cards
✔️ Don’t tolerate hate: Challenge transphobia and help to educate others with what you’ve learned
✔️ Correct other people if you witness them using the wrong name or pronouns when referring to someone of trans experience
✔️ Encourage your schools, workplaces, and organizations that you’re part of to participate in trainings to increase LGBTQ+ cultural competency.
Ready to learn more about gender identity and continue your allyship journey? The Trevor Project has a fantastic guide here: https://www.thetrevorproject.