While there are holidays commemorating transgender people who have suffered, International Transgender Day of Visibility focuses on more of the positive aspects of what being transgender means. On this particular day, 31 March of each year, there is a special tribute to trans and non-binary people’s accomplishments in the struggle against transphobic discrimination and violence. This day also mourns members of the community who had lost their lives for being born different.
Following the immense harassment and inequality in every part of the world, Rachel Crandall founded this day in 2009 to raise awareness of the incredible burden of discrimination the community faces in every setting imaginable. Anyone can join in celebrating the life and visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people every day by respecting the pronouns and names of trans and non-binary people and advocating for improving the status and challenges trans people are facing today.