March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility. Today, we celebrate the transgender and gender-expansive community, honor the contributions of transgender individuals to society, and work to raise awareness of the challenges and discrimination that trans and non-gender conforming people face every day.

Rachel Crandall Crocker, a transgender psychotherapist and activist based in Michigan, founded Transgender Day of Visibility in 2009 to address the lack of positive representation of trans people in American media and culture. The event has since grown into a globally recognized celebration of the courage and resilience of transgender individuals that also raises awareness of the challenges and discrimination trans people face.

The mission of Transgender Day of Visibility is especially critical now as a wave of laws targeting the transgender community are being introduced across the country. As of today, Trans Legislation Tracker is tracking 492 anti-trans bills from across the United States that are designed to “block trans people from receiving basic healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to publicly exist.”

Ways to Support the Transgender Community

There are a number of ways that allies and advocates can support the trans community:

  • Listening to the stories of trans people and educating ourselves about the unique experiences and challenges that transgender individuals face
  • Supporting organizations that are working to advocate for and protect transgender rights and promote education and awareness about transgender issues
  • Speaking out in support of transgender-inclusive policies in our schools and workplaces
  • Challenging harmful stereotypes and misinformation about transgender people and standing up against discrimination and hate crimes

Below is a list of organizations that provide support Transgender individuals and are working to help build a more inclusive and welcoming world:

Transgender Law Center

Trans Lifeline

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

LGBT Foundation