On March 31st each year it’s the international Transgender Day of Visibility. Unlike the day of remembrance later in the year, today is a today to talk about the achievements of our community.
I think it is worth noting that to those of you on the transgender spectrum and allies as well, have a moment to reflect on your achievements. I don’t say this to butter you up with false praise, but that small acts of kindness and perhaps more than ever this year, being present is a form of activism. Equally, if you are helping someone else – be they trans, a friend of someone, or a would-be ally – you are doing excellent work. It all counts to keeping us visible.
By helping others achieve, in challenging bigotry, pushing for change, and being visible – online and otherwise – I believe you help raise our profile. I think it’s often too easy for someone to say that unless we’re out & proud, we’re not doing enough. However, it’s not always easy to be at the front. Some folk have commitments and other factors that stop them from being directly involved and I think that’s okay.
While that strong voice is needed, if you are visible and showing the community in a good light, you are helping. Be brave, be fabulous, and be kind. ♥️
PS: the above photo was from a day out in a nearby city. I make no grand claims by being out – if I can, you certainly can – and when I’m in public, I try to be relaxed and kind, hopefully as a challenge to the false rhetoric of the danger trans people. We’re not a threat, we don’t recruit, and we just want to enjoy our lives with no need to hide away. Perhaps, just like the next person 🙂