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Today we remember those we’ve lost to anti-transgender violence.

If you don’t want to be alone today, there are a list of observances and vigils here.

If you want to be alone, but still need someone to talk to, Trans Lifeline is a non-profit support line for transgender people and people struggling with gender identity. They’re available by phone in the US (877-565-8860) and Canada (877-330-6366).

GLAAD (@glaad) has a longer list of resources, including international organizations, and some that use online chat.

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Ooh it’s my favourite day of the year- trans day of visibility/remembrance. So first, let me introduce myself. My name is Alex. I’m a non binary individual and use they/them pronouns.
I came out to my family as gender non conforming on national coming out day two years ago. I made a really shitty looking cake (though it tasted great) announcing the fact. It didn’t go down as well as I had expected. I spent the next year and a half teaching my parents what it means to be a non-binary individual, and how it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with me. Starting this past summer, they began using my proper pronouns. This school year, I sent a note to my teachers informing them of my name and pronoun change, and they were and have continued to be very accommodating. My parents still won’t use my preferred name, and generally speaking won’t mention it to any of our family members or even close family friends. I know that it’s a process for them, as it is for me. We’ve been through our lows- arguing over using a binder for example- and our highs- when I first heard my mom use my preferred pronouns. It’s a journey of learning that we all have to go on together, and I’m blessed to have a family that supports me and loves me no matter what. And my heart aches for those in the opposite situation. Please, don’t be afraid to reach out to me if you’re ever in need of advice, counselling or just a support person.

This Friday (31st March) is Trans Day of Visibility

[This post refers to TDoV 2017; other years will have TDoV on a different day of the week]

It’s that time of year again! That awesome day where trans people share their selfies and stories. It’s one of the two largest trans advocacy days, the other being Trans Day of Remembrance (20th November). That day is dedicated to mourning and solemnity, while this day is a day to celebrate being alive! Like last year, I’m not sure of the absolute official hashtag, so I’m guessing there’ll be a variety in use, such as: #tdov #transdayofvisibility #trans day of visibility #trans visibility #trans pride #transresistance #trans resistance

This day has been recognised since 2009 and is increasing in popularity and support each year, but there’s still a long way to go in spreading the word. Visibility is something that the trans community often has to struggle for, so this is our time to step out of the shadows, take pride in who we are, and show the world that we exist and we’re here to stay.

If you are trans

This is your day. No matter your gender - whether you’re male, female, or any nonbinary gender - anyone who isn’t cis (ie. whose gender is different from the gender they were assigned at birth) can participate. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community and be visible. If you’re comfortable, post a selfie. Share your story. This is your time to be proud of who you are! It can get hard and lonely sometimes, but there’s a whole community here who have your back.

If you are not trans

Please also get involved - don’t leave this day just up to us. Today is a day for you to support and listen to the trans community. Show us some love by reblogging some selfies and reading some stories, whether you browse through the tags listed above or stick to your mutuals. Now is a perfect opportunity to learn about our wonderful community and to look at some beautiful people. It’s a win-win, really.

Above all, I hope everyone has a fantastic TDoV! Have fun and keep it positive.

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Happy Trans Day of Visibility! I spent this year trying pull apart what makes up my gender presentation. Which really just means that I started filling in my brows and decided that gender doesn’t matter if my brows look good. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It’s been weird because I can’t figure out how much of me presenting “feminine” is actually wanting to vs social learning vs a defense mechanism to not get yelled at by my mom and her preconceived notions of gender.

In any case, here’s to all the brave trans folk out there, binary and non-binary! Be safe always and love yourselves.

(Ok to reblog; they/them or siya/kanya)

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Happy #TransDayOfVisibility from your neighborhood genderless enby nerd! Today I shaved my head not only to make myself more visible, but also in memory of all my trans siblings who have lost their lives to hatred and bigotry. I continue on in defiance of the society that told them they weren’t good enough ❤️💜💙

Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Today is a day of remembrance.

A day to remember our siblings, our friends, our parents, our co-workers and those we’ve never met.

A day to remember all those who were lost.

However we lost them.

But unfortunately, it’s a day that forces us to remember how we lost them.

To remember all those who were viciously and mercilessly bullied, and victimised for who they were.

To remember those who were taken from us by bigotry, ignorance and hate.

To remember those who lost themselves, and felt that they had no reason to carry on.

It’s a day that highlights the importance of education. Imagine how many of us would still be here if everyone just understood, if they were taught from an early age.

And so I leave to you, my siblings, my friends, my family, a message. A message to uplift, and inspire.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings.