On March 31, 2009, Rachel Crandall created the International Transgender Day of Visibilityas a counter to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, that takes place in November and focuses on the people we’ve lost to anti-trans violence.
“The day of remembrance is exactly what it is. It remembers people who died,” said Crandall. “This focuses on the living.”
TDOV went from being a Michigan centered event to like TDOR, one that is rapidly becoming celebrated here in the United States and and increasingly around the world. With a federal administration in place that is openly hostile to trans people, TDOV is also a day that is rapidly gaining in community importance as it approaches its tenth anniversary this Sunday. |
Trans pride flags in the runup to International Trans Day of Visibility are appearing outside the Capitol Hill offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi( D-CA), Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep Yvette Clarke (D-NY) Rep.Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and countless other members of Congress.
Rep Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Rep Deb Haaland (D-NM) have been flying those trans pride flags long before TDOV made it cool to do so.
There are also Trans Awareness Week events taking place on college campuses and venues around the country as a way to show solidarity with transgender people. These events are also taking place to allow trans folks to celebrate our successes and unapologetically celebrate our trans lives.