International Transgender Day of Visibility

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International Transgender Day of Visibility
Trans Day of Visibility SF 2016.jpg
Presenters on stage at the 2016 Trans Day of Visibility celebration in San Francisco
Observed byTransgender community and supporters
DateMarch 31
First time2009
Related toTransgender Day of Remembrance, Transgender Awareness Week

International Transgender Day of Visibility (also called TDOV, Transgender Day of Visibility) is an annual event occurring on March 31[1][2] dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The day was founded by transgender activist[3] Rachel Crandall of Michigan in 2009[4] as a reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009. It has since been spearheaded by the U.S.-based youth advocacy organization Trans Student Educational Resources.[5]

2019 Dia de la Visibilidad Trans, Cartagena, Colombia
Manila-born supermodel Geena Rocero takes the stage at a TED conference in New York City to come out as transgender on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2014.


In 2014, the day was observed by activists across the world — including in Ireland[6] and in Scotland.[7]

Joe Biden officially proclaimed March 31, 2021, as a Transgender Day of Visibility, proclaiming in part, “I call upon all Americans to join in the fight for full equality for all transgender people." The White House published this proclamation; this made Biden the first American president to issue a formal presidential proclamation recognizing the Transgender Day of Visibility.[8][9][10]

Social media[edit]

In 2015, many transgender individuals participated in an online social media campaign on websites including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Participants posted selfies, personal stories, and statistics regarding transgender issues and other related content to raise awareness and increase visibility.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nenshi proclaims Trans Day of Visibility". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility". Human Rights Campaign. March 31, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "A time to celebrate". The Hamilton Spectator. March 27, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  4. ^ Carreras, Jessica. "Transgender Day of Visibility plans erupt locally, nationwide". PrideSource. Archived from the original on March 27, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "On Trans Day of Visibility, Activists Rally to Turn Compassion Into Action". TakePart. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Trans* Education & Advocacy Protest RTE March 31st". Gaelick. March 31, 2014. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  7. ^ "Twitter / The_SSP_: The SSP stands in solidarity ..." March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  8. ^ EDT, Jon Jackson On 3/31/21 at 11:04 AM (March 31, 2021). "Biden is the first president to issue Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation". Newsweek.
  9. ^ "A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021". The White House. March 31, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  10. ^ "Hollywood luminaries sign letter supporting trans women on Trans Day of Visibility". Los Angeles Times. March 31, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  11. ^ "These Trans People Are Taking Selfies To Celebrate Transgender Day Of Visibility". BuzzFeed LGBT. March 31, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2016.


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