March 31 is International Trans Day of Visibility, an annual awareness day dedicated to celebrating the lives, resilience and accomplishments of transgender, gender fluid, and gender nonconforming people all around the world.
The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009. The day was founded by US-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall--- 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.
There are other Trans and Queer holidays. Check out the below list of Queer celebrations, holidays and occasions: · International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (April 26)
· Agender Pride Day (May 19)
· Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day (May 24)
· Non-Binary People’s Day (July 14)
· National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11)
· Pronouns Day (3rd Wednesday in October)
· Trans Awareness Month (November)
· Trans Awareness Week (November 13-19)
· Intersex Day of Remembrance (November 8)
· Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week (The Week after Feb. 14)
· LGBTQ History Month (varies based on location)
· Harvey Milk Day (May 22)
· Spirit Day (3rd Thursday of October)
· Stonewall Riots Anniversary (June 28)
It has since been spearheaded by many organizations, around the world, like U.S.-based youth advocacy organization Trans Student Educational Resources and other kick ass Queer organizations. While raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice, it’s also essential to celebrate Trans-identifying and gender fluid, non-binary, and non-conforming folks.
Utilize Black Queer Literature to explore a range of stories and experiences from Black Trans, Non-binary and Intersex folks. Black Trans and Queer Love, Stories, and Experiences are essential, beautiful and welcomed.
Remember, my friends-- Black Trans Lives, Stories and Love is beautiful. For more literature, check out this below list of titles by Black Trans authors.
Continue reading, friends!