Today is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV); the one day of the year when transgender people appear from behind a rainbow, and anyone who catches us is granted a wish.
(That joke belongs to Crystal Frasier. Sorry, Crystal. It was too good not to steal.)
Kidding aside, TDoV is the one day a year where we as a community band together and celebrate the presence and contributions of transgender people.
At least, that’s the idea. A lot of trans people are visible 365 days a year, and it’s not always a blessing. Sometimes it’s a target. This is especially true for transgender women of colour who face disproportionate degrees of discrimination and violence.
Which is why, I believe, that there is a more important conversation to be had on this day, and that those such as myself who benefit from visibility have an obligation to talk about the wider issues. Continue reading “BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility”