March 31 marks the International Day of Transgender Visibility. Transgender Day of Visibility was founded in 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall. Prior to the day’s founding, the only well-known transgender-centered day was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not celebrate their lives and successes. In 2011, the youth-led organization Trans Student Educational Resources, began leading the effort to organize the now global event. Since then, recognition of this day of visibility has increased in the State of Ohio, the United States, and internationally.
Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people, while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done, to achieve our national ideal of equality in liberty, and justice, under the law.
To celebrate the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people today, we are highlighting 25 individuals whose courage and sacrifice have had a significant influence on American culture. The list of individuals and their stories first appeared in a 2014 TIME Magazine article.
TIME Magazine‘s 25 Transgender People Who Influenced American Culture:
While the stories of these 25 individuals demonstrate a wide range of heroic experience, there are local heroes as well, all around us.
But there is still a lot of work to be done. A number of resources can be found online to help individuals and advocates of those who seek liberty and justice as transgender or gender nonconforming individuals, including:
Additionally, Lighthouse Youth Services provides a resource guide called “Safe & Supported”. This resource guide is for parents and providers of LGBQT youth, and has individual chapters devoted such topics as: campus resources, social groups, terminology, health and medical support, support groups, mental health, legal/advocacy, crisis hotlines, housing/shelter, faith communities, and ways to support LGBTQ youth. You can download this resource guide from the Diversity & Inclusion section of our document server.