Today, March 31st, is Trans Day of Visibility!
This is hosted by Trans Student Educational Resources, and this years theme is Trans Resistance.
With these statistics it’s clear that today is a very important day! This year 8 trans women have been murdered:
- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
- Mesha Caldwell
- Jojo Striker
- Jaquarrius Holland
- Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond
- Chyna Doll Dupree
- Ciarra McElveen
- Alfonza Watson
All of these women were women of color as well. Last year twenty-seven trans people were murdered, making it the deadliest documented year for trans related murders. Although it is likely that there were even more murders that didn’t make the news or the victims weren’t reported as transgender. Trans day of visibility is described as “not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition we deserve!” by the TSER. I fell like part of that recognition is shedding light on the tragedies this community has faced.
Another part of visibility is recognizing all the talented and outstanding trans people. Laverne Cox, Lea T, Geena Rocero, Chris Mosier, Rhys Ernst, and Sarah McBride are just a few people who are trans and have been incredibly successful in their respective fields. Trans people are all around us and always have been. They’ve been influential in many fields as well as the fight for equality.
Trans people deserve to more than just visible. They deserve respect, adequate health care, resources, and so much more. With laws attempting to prohibit transgender people from being visible in day to day life like HB2 or the laws being considered in Texas, visibility is more important than ever.
If you’re trans, happy trans visibility day! You deserve love and respect, and are going to do great things. You are valid and seen.
Lots of Love,