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International Transgender Day of Visibility: 5 Things You Can Do Today and Everyday

Trans Heart Pin by trans ally Little Rainbow Paper Co on a pink background

As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, let's recognize the contributions and experiences of transgender people around the world. This day was first observed in 2009 and has since grown into an international movement to raise awareness of the discrimination and challenges that many transgender people still face, while also celebrating their resilience and triumphs. The event also serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for transgender rights and the need for continued advocacy to create a world where all people are treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

There are many ways to honour International Transgender Day of Visibility and show support for the transgender community–not just today, but everyday. Here are a few ideas:

Educate Yourself
One of the most important things you can do to honour this day is to educate yourself on transgender issues. Take the time to read articles and books written by transgender individuals, attend workshops or seminars, and engage with transgender communities both online and offline. This will help you better understand the experiences of transgender people and the challenges they face.

Show Your Support
You can show your support for the transgender community in many ways. One simple way is to wear a piece of clothing or accessory that includes the transgender flag colors: blue, pink, and white. You can also attend local events and rallies, donate to organizations that support transgender rights, and amplify the voices of transgender people on social media.

Activist with a megaphone at The Trans Rights Protest London, April 2022 - Photo by Karollyne Hubert

Speak Out Against Transphobia
Transgender individuals face discrimination and violence on a daily basis. It's important to speak out against transphobia and stand up for transgender rights. This can be as simple as correcting someone who uses the wrong pronouns or speaking up when you witness transphobic behavior. By being an ally and standing up for the transgender community, you can make a difference.

Support Transgender-Owned Businesses
Supporting transgender-owned businesses is another way to honor International Transgender Day of Visibility. Many transgender individuals face discrimination and barriers when it comes to employment, so supporting their businesses can help create economic opportunities and promote equality.

Take Action
Lastly, take action to support transgender rights and advocate for change. This can include contacting your elected officials to support transgender-inclusive policies, volunteering for organizations that work to advance transgender rights, and joining campaigns that fight for transgender equality.

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an important day to honour and celebrate the transgender community. Educating ourselves, showing our support, speaking out against transphobia, supporting transgender-owned businesses, and taking action for change are just a few ways to create a more inclusive and equitable world for all. Let's remember to take care of one another!

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