The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Honors Transgender Day of Visibility

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion honors and celebrates the International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on March 31st that is dedicated to raising and increasing awareness of transgender people around the world. We honor and support their stories, their experiences, and their power today and everyday!

The transgender community often experience discrimination and our task at the Inclusion & Dialogue Center is to celebrate their lives and raise the awareness level of their many contributions on the world. Transgender day of Visibility was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandell of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT+ recognition of transgender people and their contributions throughout the world. This day was created to celebrate transgender people who live, work and make the world a better place. Crandall cited their 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 the joy, successes and lived experiences of the transgender community. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009. Join us as we lift the light and raise the banner of inclusion and belonging as we celebrate the lives of our transgender friends and family members. 

 

Rev. Sharon L. Bowers

Director of the Inclusion & Dialogue Center, DEI 

Carleigh Blaylock,

Special Project’s Coordinator

 

If you are interested in participating in the Abingdon Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Support group, contact Beverly Robinette at bcrobinettelcsw@gmail.com

 

Transgender Resources:

https://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources

https://transequality.org/additional-help

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/trvr_support_center/trans-gender-identity/

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