~it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.~ ee cummings
Excellent audio interview with a mother and her child. It’s really beautiful
Written by Sherri Sklarwitz, Director of Student Programs, Tisch College
Today [March 31st] is the celebration of Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV). This annual, international holiday is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) people while also raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.
Recently, there has been increased visibility of trans and nonbinary people in the media (across both politics and entertainment). However, this past year was also one of the most dangerous years for trans and nonbinary people, with alarming rates of violence, homicides, and suicides, which disproportionately impact trans women of color and youth. Current bills and legislation aimed at trans youth in sports are gaining momentum for dangerous precedents to be set.
As Jay Irwin, a professor at the University of Nebraska writes, “Trans Day of Visibility focuses on trans people but is not exclusive to the trans community. Allies of the trans community can also take part. Within their social circles, allies can be visible and vocal supporters of trans people.” Some things to do:
–Check out this video (about 10 minutes) by Chase Strangio, an attorney with the ACLU, to get the legal overview of what is going on with trans youth in sports and in trans access to healthcare
-Follow the progress of the 94 bills currently being proposed to target trans youth
-Be mindful about purposefully using inclusive language instead of unintentionally exclusive, binary terms
-Remember that visibility is not the end goal (and can bring its own risks for many)– the goal is liberation.
Some Additional Resources