Attention Cisgender folks!
I don’t identify within the Transgender spectrum. I’ve lived my life through a cis-male lens with a family that reinforces the male/female binary; there is a story-line for boys and one for girls. Even now when I go home, I see this played out and reinforced without challenge or an acknowledgment of anything outside of those well-defined stories. Recently one of my nephews decided to have his nails painted to his utter joy. One of the first comments made explicitly stated that act was something girls do, not boys.
Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31st every year. Why is visibility so important? Our society continues to go to great lengths to render the Trans community invisible through laws, healthcare, and violence. For example, using a bathroom that matches one’s gender identity is curbed through bathroom bills. Having health insurance that would cover hormone therapy and reassignment surgery is inexplicably and unceremoniously removed. Just existing in public space can elicit violence or even death.
Too often privileged (cis) voice (like me) are centered in the conversations. The resources below are meant to intentionally center Trans voices:
Trans Student Educational Resources: “A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.”
Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC): “Trans People of Color Coalition exists to advance justice for all trans people of color. We amplify our stories, support our leadership, and challenge issues of racism, transphobia, and transmisogyny.”
Trans Day of Visibility: “The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.”
Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC): “To uplift the narratives, lived experiences and leadership of trans and gender non-conforming people of color, our families and comrades as we build towards collective liberation for all oppressed people.”
GLAAD: Transgender Resources: “GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.”