International Transgender Day of Visibility (ITDV), recognised annually on March 31, is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination they face worldwide.
This years theme More Than Visibility (#MoreThanVisibility) recognises that while visibility is important, everyone must take direct action against transphobia around the world. Visibility alone will not bring transgender liberation. Some people experience violence due to their visibility and some others don’t want to be visible. However, visibility remains a vital tool for transgender justice.
ITDV was founded by Michigan-based transgender activist, Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT days celebrating transgender people. Rachel was frustrated that the only well-known transgender-focused day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 each year, which mourned the loss of transgender people to hate crimes, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community.
In America today ITDV is being marked with an event in Palm Springs where the Trans Community Project are hosting this years national event in partnership with The LGBT Center Of The Desert, Equality California, Human Rights Campaign, Palm Springs Pride and National Center for Lesbian Rights.
At the Palm Springs event there will be information pertaining to issues affecting the Trans Community, highlighting the many successes the community has achieved so far, as well as recognising those allies that are moving mountains for the Trans Community.
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