Today (March 31st) is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it's a day of empowerment and support for the trans community. It's a day for everyone to show their support for us, and for us to bring attention to our accomplishments around the globe. At the same time, it's a day of education.
This year's theme is #MoreThanVisibility, recognizing that while visibility is important, we must also take direct action against transphobia around the world. Visibility alone cannot end the violence and the hate, but we can use it as a vital tool for transgender justice.
Whether you are looking to educate or celebrate, express yourself or support someone else, today we are sharing some of our favorite stories about trans people.
Alice in Genderland by Richard J. Novic
An empowering memoir that deals proudly and openly with the subjects of crossdressing and dual sexuality.
Frankly Kellie: Becoming a Woman in a Man’s World by Kellie Maloney
An often difficult story of conflict, marked by a bond between mother and daughter, with a very public coming out on her own terms.
I Rise - The Transformation of Toni Newman by Toni Newman
A fresh (and refreshing) story of someone who is proudly black, proudly gay, and proudly transsexual.
Not Your Average American Girl by Christine Beatty
A story of hope and triumph, of a spirit that refuses to be broken, and a woman who has seen, done, and survived it all.
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Raw and honest, this is a triumphant tale of a woman who takes ownership of her decisions just as she took control of her transition.
Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Explores the role that gender plays in parenting, and demonstrates that happiness can be found with ourselves and our children.
Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond
Powerful and motivating, this is a wonderful story that explores a trans identity without settling for a binary gender preference.
Tea and Transition by Nicola Chase
A fascinating story of recognition, acceptance, and transition that speaks to the transition of both gender and sexuality.
If you want to know more about it, then I urge you to check out the Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) site.