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Friday, March 17, 2017

March 31st: Transgender Day of Visibility

Written by  Bill Redmond-Palmer

March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people and raising awareness of the discrimination they face worldwide. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held in 2009. It has since been spearheaded by the U.S.-based youth advocacy organization Trans Student Educational Resources.

The holiday was founded by Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people. She was frustrated that the only well-known transgender-centered holiday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living trans people.

Observance of the day has not yet caught on in Baltimore, with no major events planned in the area.

For more information, visit Tdov.org, Transstudent.org, or Facebook.com/TransDayofVisibility.

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