My name is Kylie Stewart and today is March 31st, 2018 and is known as Transgender Day of Visibility!
TDOV is a day to show your support for the trans community! It aims to bring attention to the need for trans liberation and fight transphobia, by empowering the trans community worldwide!
This years theme is #TransThriving as the trans community around the world is not only surviving world leaders stripping them of their rights but also thriving in others areas like Canada with an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Transgender and non-binary people are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers and our classmates.
2017 has been called ‘the best and worst year for trans people’ in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2017, over 300 transgender people were killed by violent means. 50% of trans people have been victims of sexual assaulted. Those rates are even higher for trans people of color.
1 in 4 transgender people has faced housing instability or discrimination—such as being evicted from their homes or denied housing—simply because of their gender identity. With 1 in 3 transgender people experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives.
25% of transgender people have lost their job due to a bias and 75% of transgender people have reported experiencing workplace discrimination.
How can you be an ally?
- Don’t tolerate disrespect
- Respect pronouns
- Be patient with those coming to terms with their gender identity.
- Don’t police public restrooms
- Listen to trans voices who share their stories.
- Don’t assume someone is transgender.
- Be careful about confidential, disclosure and outing someone who’s transgender.
- Use gender-neutral language
- Keep it appropriate – Don’t ask trans folks about their genitals, surgical status or sex lives. If you wouldn’t ask a cisgender person, don’t ask a trans person either!
As a transgender woman, I wanted to shine a light on this very important subject. This is our identity – not a trend.
& to my transgender brothers and sisters around the world, NEVER stay silent just so others can stay comfortable.
Trans Rights Are Human Rights.
Don’t forget to use #TDOV and #TransThriving! Learn more at http://www.transstudent.org/tdov.