International Transgender Day Of Visibility


March 31 marks the annual day of transgender pride and visibility.

Today marks the International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual event of positive celebration and raising awareness about the discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

The holiday was founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandell, the head of Transgender Michigan, who was frustrated that the only well-known transgender centric event each year was the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“The day of remembrance is exactly what it is. It remembers people who died,” she said. “This focuses on the living.”

While the day was initially Michigan centric, Crandell’s Facebook event page quickly captured the attention of the transgender community and spread around the world. In 2013, the Trans Student Educational Resources took over most of the promotion, outreach and social media aspects for the event.

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘More than Visibility’ (#MoreThanVisibility). It recognizes that while visibility is important, transgender people and allies must take direct action against transphobia around the world.

The International Day of Visibility holds special significance this year due to the recent passing of legislation in a number of US states that will restrict the rights of transgender people.

The event boasts a strong social media presence, with thousands of members of the transgender community posting selfies and sharing articles about achievements within the community.