Trans and gender diverse people can feel isolated and that’s why days like Trans Day of Visibility are so important.
Teddy Murray from the Australian group Transgender Victoria (TGV) explained.
‘This world can be incredibly alienating for trans and gender diverse people,’ Murray told Gay Star News.
‘Trans Day of Visibility is a beacon for everyone who hasn’t yet found community – to show them that they’re not alone out there.’
So to honor that TGV has planned its biggest celebration of Trans Day of Visibility to date.
For the entire month of March TGV is celebrating visibility like never before ‘to meet a clear demand from the community’.
The group designed unique lanyards in trans pride colors to spread trans visibility around the southern city of Melbourne. TGV is encouraging people and businesses to show their support for the visibility movement by wearing lanyards. They can be ordered online.
‘There is so much happening at TGV at the moment,’ Murray said.
‘Our public engagement has never been higher, and our communities continue to demand more colour, more diversity, more
participation. So we’re raising the bar to give it to them, and call for action at the same time.
‘The next question is: who’s with us?’
TGV also wants people to join in the conversation from anywhere by adding a custom frame on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag, #BeSeen.
Also over the next few weeks, TGV will be collecting video stories from trans and gender diverse people. Then at the end of March it will publish a short series of video stories for TDOV on the theme of visibility.
‘TDOV is defined by self-determination, it’s our chance to celebrate everything wonderful about who we are, without needing to explain ourselves or be defined by others,’ Murray said.
‘It’s not really about coming out, and it doesn’t have to be about labels. It’s about creating space for expression, and reminding trans and gender diverse people that no matter where they are, they are beautiful.’
Finally, to finish the season of visibility, TGV are partnering with 3CR Community Radio and queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas to deliver a huge day of celebration for TGD communities on Sunday 31 March 2019. The day will feature performances and talks by a range of TGD artists and advocates and a dedicated kids space.
‘It will be a joyous day of education, fun, artistry, and partying,’ TGV said in a statement.