February 28, 2019

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual day of recognition, celebrated around the world on March 31st, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender-expansive people, while simultaneously raising awareness of the work that is still needed to combat discrimination and violence. 

The day of recognition was founded in 2009 by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall, a licensed psychotherapist and the Executive Director of Transgender Michigan. TDOV was created both in reaction to the lack of LGBTQ+ days of recognition for the successes achieved by trans people, as well as the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered day of recognition was the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR mourns the murders of transgender people, but doesn't acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. TDOV is a much-needed day of empowerment, celebrating the lives and achievements of our transgender and gender-expansive loved ones.

As trans allies, TDOV gives us a once-a-year opportunity to spread the word that #TransLivesMatter. However, as allies, we need always look for opportunities to hold space for our trans loved ones, and celebrate and recognize their many accomplishments.

What can you do?

Not sure where to start? How about with a good read. The first is for families and caretakers of transgender people, Our Trans Loved Ones. It has also been translated into Spanish, called Nuestros Seres Queridos Trans. We also have a great publication for allies to the trans community, guide to being a trans ally, from our Straight for Equality(TM) program. All three are available to order at pflag.org/publications, or free to download at the links above. Feel free to share these links to PFLAG publications on social media, and using #TransLivesMatter and #TDOV.

Considering holding a special event on March 31st? Consider a gender-focused support meeting, celebration, or film screening. 

We are proud to partner with some wonderful filmmakers who are making their content available on a sliding scale to PFLAG chapters for their TDOV activities:

  • The Most Dangerous Year: Washington state-based filmmaker--and PFLAGer--Vlada Knowlton has created a much-awarded and must-see documentary about a small group of families with transgender kids who embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting for their children’s lives and futures. Watch the trailer--and schedule your own screening--at the link.

  • America In Transition: Recently highlighted in the previous issue of The PFLAG Voice, this is a trans-led documentary series exploring relationships, family, and social issues with trans people of color. Watch the trailer--and schedule your own screening--at the link.

  • Becoming More Visible: Filmmaker Pamela French shines a humanizing light on the stories of four fearless transgender young adults, showcasing the crucial importance of having a steady support system--like PFLAG. Watch the trailer--and schedule your own screening--at the link.

Be sure to share your events on social media using #TransLivesMatter and #TDOV in the week leading up to--and on the day of--your events! 

Looking for more resources? Check these out:

Have questions? Contact us at info@pflag.org with subject line: TDOV Support Request. 

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