Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, like every March 31st, is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

The purpose of the day, according to Human Rights Campaign, is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.

I fully believe that each time we leave the house and interact with people in the real world we have an opportunity and an obligation to show others that transpeople live in the community and not just in Hollywood.  It’s a chance to show others, whether it’s the cashier at the mall, the barista at Starbucks or someone we pass in the store that we really exist, that we are real people and hopefully not as different as some might think we are.

One of the goals behind the MN T-Girls is to create awareness of transwomen in the real world.  I believe that when the group goes out to dinner that we are doing a quiet form of activism.  We are showing the world (well, at least the other people at the restaurant) that we exist and will hopefully leave others with a positive perception of he transcommunity.

Not at all of are ready to interact in the real world as the gender we want to present as, whether it’s full time or just for a fun afternoon of shopping.  It took me a while to prepare myself but I started to build courage when I spoke with a friend of mine who revealed she was transgender.  I had known her for years and one day she came out as transgender.  She was an inspiration and patiently answered so many of my questions.  I asked how she dealt with people staring at her but she told me that no one cares.  People don’t pay as much attention to others as you think they do.  I didn’t believe this at first but once I left my house for the first time I realized she was right.

Her being a visible transwoman was an inspiration to me.  I only hope I can be that inspiration to someone else.

Being out in the community will sometimes trigger conversations from others.  I know I’m transgender, the rest of the world knows I’m transgender and sometimes people will interact with me on that basis.  Some will compliment me in a way to show that they are an ally, some might not.  Some will ask questions, but to be honest that doesn’t happen very often.  It’s not really polite to “clock” someone who is trans and most people know that.

There are a few things to do today and Trans Student Educational Resources has a list of ten things you can do.

Have fun, be safe.

Love, Hannah

5 thoughts on “Transgender Day of Visibility

  1. Hannah, Because I read in your blog that the day of visibility was coming, I decided to have an outing on that day. I went out and did some shopping, ate at a restaurant, and completed some errands — like I have done previously. Then I did something I had never done before (in a skirt). I went to church. I visited a church that had a service on Saturday. I did not seek out a liberal group who embraces stuff like this. I just picked a church that was near the grocery store I was going to shop at. The experience was like everywhere else, or better!

    It might take me up to a week to get it written and my pictures edited, but I hope to post it on my blog soon. Thank you for the heads-up about the day.

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  2. Transgender Day of Visibility happened to fall this year on the last Saturday before our local election. On this year’s ballot, one of the most contentious issues was a local “bathroom” ordinance requiring public bathrooms and “intimate spaces” to be used only according to one’s biological sex at birth. While I am not out except to a few people, I took the opportunity to join with others publicly campaigning against the proposition. Preliminary results came out yesterday and it appears we will be successful in defeating the measure.

    One of the saddest sides of this election was the rhetoric used by both sides in advertising and especially in comments on related news articles. It really tore our small community apart. But it also gave me hope that we are accepted. It also gave me inspiration to be more out and more active as a trans person in our community.

    I hope no other community will have to go through this but I know there are as many as 20 similar bills at the local and state level being decided this year. Peace and thank you for all you do in your community and for us on line 😙.


  3. Inspiring to see and read about our community out in the public.
    True acceptance and tolerance remain a major challenge.
    Ignorance and fear are still prevalent but I remain hopeful.
    Never thought we all would come as far as we have, even though so many
    hurdles remain…


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