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Today is Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, March 31, is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Spearheaded by youth organization Trans Student Educational Resources, the day has been honored since 2009 as a way to celebrate transgender people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, while celebrating their contributions to society.

“Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are your coworkers, family and neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and we are 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds,” stated a post on the Human Rights Campaign’s TDOV website.

The day is in contrast to the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), held in November, which mourns the murders of transgender people. While TDOR remains more important than ever, as the murder rate of transgender individuals worldwide is hugely disproportinate, TDOV gives the trans community a chance to celebrate their contributions and uniqueness. 

Locally and around the world, a number of public events and celebrations were scheduled today, including a Trans Day of Visibility Art Show in San Diego. All of these events have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, although some events have been moved online. 

San Diego activist Max Rhodes will host a Facebook Live session today at 1:30 pm PST to discuss transgender issues and his transition in honor of TDOV. Everyone is welcome to watch his Live and interact by asking questions in the comments if they’d like. Max’s Facebook profile, where the live video can be viewed, is here.

For those in need to transgender community resources, see below.

San Diego Resources

The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Project Trans

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center

Trans Family Support Services 

The T-Spot

The Gender Phluid Collective

San Diego State University Pride Center

UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center

National Resources

Check out the Human Rights Campaign’s list here.