On Sunday, we were able to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility, falling on March 31 every year. The day honours transgender people and raises awareness about the discrimination of transgender and gender diverse people in our society.
The International Transgender Day of Visibility is only a fairly recent day of commemoration, starting back in 2009 when activist Rachel Crandall decided to combat the lack of recognition transgender people receive within the LGBT community. Previously, the only transgender day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which only honoured deceased members of the community.
This year’s theme was ‘surviving, thriving’, which celebrates the achievements the transgender community has made over the past year, including changing people’s attitudes towards gender.
If you were over in Perth for the weekend, Transfolk WA put on an event filled with slam poetry, music, a Gender Olympics, and a bunch of activities for the kids.
A day of visibility is important, but we must all remember that we need to combat transphobia every day of the year to continue to make progress within our community.
Happy international transgender day of visibility from the Pride Sports Festival and we look forward to celebrating this event for many years to come!