International Transgender Day of Visibility

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2024 Date31 March 2024
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International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to championing the rights and accomplishments of transgender people whilst increasing awareness of the discrimination and difficulties they face. The annual observance presents an opportunity for every one of us to show support to the transgender community, and is a stark reminder of the pressing need to address issues like violence, inequality and bias against them. This observance not only allows Transgender individuals to take pride in who they are, but also calls upon societies across the world to challenge Transphobia and other forms of repression.

The inaugural International Transgender Day of Visibility took place in 2009, spearheaded by U.S transgender activist Rachel Crandall. It was intended to balance the sole annual transgender-centered observance, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the loss of transgender people to violence. Specifically in Australia, the day holds considerable importance, as the country works towards providing greater inclusivity and acknowledgement for its estimated 45,000 transgender citizens. It speaks directly to reforms relating to public facilities, healthcare, education and the overall legal recognition of gender identity.

Across Australia, the International Transgender Day of Visibility is marked by diverse events, ceremonies, and actions that underscore the valuable contributions of the transgender community to Australian society. Events range from social gatherings, educational panels, performances, art exhibits, to social media campaigns that emphasize trans visibility. Celebrations often spotlight local trans voices and experiences, ensuring that their stories are heard and recognized. International Transgender Day of Visibility occurs annually on March 31st.

Facts about International Transgender Day of Visibility

  • Transgender women, particularly those of color, have dramatically lower life expectancies due to violence. According to one estimate, the average life expectancy of a black trans woman in the Americas is just 30-35 years.
  • The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 provides legal protections against discrimination based on gender identity, which includes transgender identity.
  • High Rates of Mental Health Issues: Transgender Australians have higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide attempts compared to the general population. The 2018 Trans Pathways study found that almost 80% of trans youth had self-harmed, compared to almost 11% of adolescents in the general Australian population.

Top things to do in Australia for this observance

  • Browse trans-related infographics that target different questions or aspects within the trans community.
  • Learn about definitions and terms so that you may better familiarize yourself with queer and trans language. Tolerance comes from understanding. It requires effort and a willingness to accept change.
  • Read a book to lean more about Transgenderism:
    The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals - by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
    Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community - by Laura Erickson-Schroth
  • Attend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: it is an annual event that actively promotes awareness and inclusivity for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender individuals.

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