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About Transgender Day of Visibility

Held annually on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the determination it takes to live openly and authentically.

Transgender Day of Visibility has been held every year since its creation by trans advocate Rachel Crandall in 2010. Crandall, the head of Transgender Michigan, created TDOV as she found that media often focused on violence against the transgender community, but not on who the transgender community is. “She hoped to create a day where people could re-focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to live authentically, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible” (Trans Day of Visibility, GLAAD).

In 2020, GLAAD partnered with Proctor and Gamble to publish the LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media study. The findings of the study showed that representation and visibility of the community in the media leads to greater acceptance and understanding of the community.

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