September 9th, 2016
12 things you can do for Transgender Day of Visibility
You don’t need to be trans or gender non-binary to participate in the Transgender Day of Visibility. Here are some suggestions:
- 1. Write a thank you letter to a company that has trans-inclusive employment policies. Not sure you know any? Check out http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index
- 2. Read a trans-focused book. Bring it with you and read it throughout the day. Let other people see what you are reading. (Do this if you feel safe and are in environments that won’t likely cause you hardship or discrimination.)
- 3. Host a Transgender Day of Visibility casual gathering at a local coffee shop or restaurant. Invite others to attend to talk about trans and gender non-binary issues.
- 4. Write your political representative (local all the way up to federal) to share that you or someone you love is trans and what they can do to make sure trans people are positively included and protected in legislation.
- 5. Have a conversation with a family member about trans issues. This could be a conversation with your children or grandchildren that opens the door to acknowledging that other children may not identify as boys or girls, or could be about transgender rights and legislation with adults.
- 6. If your workplace, school, or favorite hangout doesn’t have an all-gender bathroom, suggest they add or convert one.
- 7. Volunteer your time or donate money to a trans-focused organization. Let them know that you want to contribute because of Transgender Day of Visibility.
- 8. Highlight non-binary pronouns and realities by respectfully referring to all people with the pronouns they/them/theirs.
- 9. Bring up trans issues with a colleague at work. (It could be about the recent North Carolina law that is deeply damaging to trans people & bathrooms, or trans-inclusive healthcare policies at your workplace.)
- 10. Call or connect with a trans or gender non-binary person in your life to tell you how much you value them.
- 11. Spend an hour online looking up trans history and people. Learn something new about the trans/gender non-binary community(ies). Make sure to share what you learn with someone else.
- 12. Bake cookies and bring them to a trans-focused event. (Or bring them to your office or school and let them know what the occasion is.)