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THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY (TDOV)

Context

On March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is held to raise awareness of transgender people's prejudice worldwide while also honouring their contributions to society. The day is dedicated to honouring transgender persons, raising awareness about the discrimination they suffer worldwide, and recognising their contributions to the community.

Key Points

  • The Transgender Day of Visibility is a day dedicated to recognising and celebrating transgender people's identities, accomplishments, and communities. The Transgender Day of Visibility is a day dedicated to transgender people who are working for equality, decency, and respect.
  • Parents, teachers, mentors, doctors, and other supports supporting transgender children's identities and helping them achieve their full potential are also honoured today.

History of the Day

  • Rachel Crandall of Michigan, a transgender activist, living in the United States, launched the day in 2009. 
  • In response to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing frustration that the only well-known transgender-centred day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned transgender people's murders but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. 
  • On March 31, 2009, the first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held. 
  • Trans Student Educational Resources, a student advocacy organisation established in the United States, has led the charge since then.

Significance

  • Most transgender people are socially invisible, either by choice or fear of discrimination. By allowing racism, violence, and other concerns to go unnoticed, unreported, or assumed to be for different reasons, this invisibility increases the community's vulnerability. 
  • The International Transgender Day of Visibility aims to increase public awareness of transgender people while educating others about the community. 
  • The more prominent this community grows, the better the rest of society will understand them, and the discrimination they encounter will eventually decrease.

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