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3/31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility!
Today aims to celebrate and empower transgender and non-binary people around the world. It is also a day to remind ourselves how to best be accomplices in trans folks’ fight for empowerment, especially given the unprecedented legislative and societal discrimination.
Read on for a few things to do today!
1: LEARN PROPER LANGUAGE
Learn more vocabulary here.
2: TAKE ACTION FOR TRANS FOLKS NOW!
2020 and 2021 saw record-breaking numbers of anti-trans legislation in the US. The large majority of these bills attack children. And your actions can make a massive difference. Please visit transathlete.com/take-action to either call or email the governors of these states and demand that they veto the bills.
You should also call your state Senators NOW and demand that they pass the Equality Act.
3: PUT YOUR PRONOUNS IN YOUR BIO
Sharing pronouns helps to dismantle the idea that how we look does NOT always equal who we are. That is, gender expression (how we present ourselves) does not always match gender identity (who we know ourselves to be). It also creates a safe space for trans and gender nonconforming folks to share our pronouns and be gendered correctly, too.
Learn more about pronouns here.
4: FOLLOW TRANS CREATORS
@MunroeBergdorf, she/they @TheMilaJam, she/her @AshleeMariePreston, she/her, @Hood_Biologist, they/he, @Qween_Jean, she/her, @MissAbolition, she/her, @SummerLuk, she/her, @DineAesthetics, they/her, @iLeoSheng, he/him, @MegEmikoArt, they/them, @AlokVMenon, they/them, @JuniorMintt, she/her, @JMaseiii, he/him, @Raquel_Willis, she/her, @KaydenxOfficial, he/him, @pinkmantaray, he/him, the creator of this resource.
More follow suggestions here.
5: ATTEND PINKMANTARAY SUPPORT GROUPS & EVENTS
Community is not only life-saving but also life-giving. Schuyler hosts educational seminars as well as facilitates several monthly support groups, all free of charge to participants! Here is a list of upcoming meetings in EST:
Trans Masc POC Group.....................Sunday 4/3 at 3pm
LGBTQ+ Group.........................................Sunday 4/17 at 2pm
Trans Masculine Group....................Sunday 4/17 at 12pm & Monday 4/18 at 6pm
Trans+ Group............................................Sunday 4/24 at 1pm
Mixed-Race LGBTQ+ Group........Sunday 4/24 at 3pm
Allyship Seminar for All...................Sunday 4/26 at 6pm
6: EDUCATE YOURSELF
Recognize it is not on trans folks to educate you on everything transgender. That is your responsibility. Some will ask in exasperation: “You’re telling me to learn from trans people but then telling me I can’t ask trans people questions, what?” Yes: Ask trans people who have consented to being asked! Many trans people provide this type of education as their job (Schuyler included.) Engage with these educators and be sure to compensate them accordingly.
Visit pinkmantaray.com/allyship for resources on how to be the best ally you can be.
DON’T EXPECT YOUR TRANS FRIEND TO BE YOUR TRANS DICTIONARY. USE RESOURCES LIKE THIS INSTEAD.
7: EDUCATE OTHERS
There is no such thing as a passive ally. Correct people when they misgender trans folks; engage in conversations when people exhibit bigoted behavior, and stand up for queer folks, even when they’re not around.
Call in > call out. Value conversation over confrontation.
Small actions are still valuable. You don’t have to speak in front of thousands or have a large social media platform to be a good ally. Smaller actions like gendering or naming someone correctly can also be powerful.