International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a celebration of transgender and gender non-conforming people. We celebrate their courage and strength to live as their authentic selves, despite the great inequalities that they continue to face in Ohio and around the world. Transgender people are a part of each and every one of our lives, whether we know it or not. They are our co-workers, classmates, and friends; our children, teachers, and parents.

TDOV is a holiday that began in Michigan in 2009 by transgender activist, Rachel Crandall. It has grown to become an international celebration of trans people. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we especially celebrate the leadership of trans women of color Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, prominent figures in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. These women led the movement against the police brutality faced by LGBTQ people and people of color in New York City. Their tireless work sparked the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement in the US and around the world.

Read the stories of Ohio transgender activists, Theo and Jessica

This year, we continue to support the legacy left by Johnson and Rivera by expressing our deep appreciation and gratitude for the work that our partners at TransOhio have done to advocate for and deeply support transgender Ohioans. As a 100% volunteer-run organization, TransOhio has provided financial assistance to trans Ohioans for administrative document changes and has helped hundreds of trans Ohioans legally change their name and the gender marker on their driver’s license to accurately reflect their true selves. TransOhio has also helped transgender Ohioians find jobs by hosting and supporting job fairs throughout the state. This organization is a vital partner in our work to advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections at the Ohio Statehouse.

Help us celebrate and support our fellow trans Ohioans by attending one of the events below: