This practice is a gender specialist dedicated to promoting the lives and well-being of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Let’s celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31.
Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). The goal is to raise awareness about transgender people. It’s a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while also drawing attention to the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.
Given that a minority of Americans say they personally know someone who’s transgender, the vast majority of the public learns about trans people from the media. The the media has overwhelmingly misrepresented, mischaracterized, and stereotyped trans people since the invention of film. These false depictions have indisputably shaped the cultural understanding of who trans people are and have taught the public how to react to and treat trans people in their lives. It’s going to take a lot of work to undo the harm caused by these depictions.
However, society is becoming more accepting as trans people feel increasingly comfortable and confident being publicly and fully themselves, and media representations of their lives begin to improve. This is especially apparent in the generational familiarity of trans people.
But there has also been a growing backlash from anti-LGBTQ activists who are targeting trans people, especially children, now that marriage equality was made law in the U.S.
In 2023, over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills have been filed so far. Over half specifically targeting trans people, particularly youth. This follows 2021 as the most anti-LGBTQ legislative session in history. This hypervisibility typically comes at the expense of trans people who are demonized and scapegoated by politicians and in media.