Transgender Visibility Day: How To Be An Ally

Transgender Visibility Day: How To Be An Ally

In celebration of Transgender Visibility Day, we outline a couple of steps that all of us can take to be more aware of trans issues and become better allies for our trans friends.

In celebration of Transgender Visibility Day, we outline a couple of steps that all of us can take to be more aware of trans issues and become better allies for our trans friends.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility, meaning that extra special attention will be paid to how we treat and refer to the community of transgender and non-binary people. After all, their rights, safety, and comfort are threatened every day, and we need to do whatever we can to help them out when it's needed.

An important step in basic support is mastering the art of pronouns. Using the correct pronoun is a sign of respect and a comfort which acknowledges their gender identity. Every trans and non-binary person uses their own pronouns, so become accustomed to asking which pronoun they prefer to be called. That little step goes a long way.

For many unfortunate reasons, some of which outlined above, the trans and non-binary community need all the visibility that they can get, so it’s important to raise awareness and fight as much as possible. Going to trans rights protests or visibility events and promoting the cause on every medium you can never hurts. Specifically, recognize trans people of other marginalized races and origins and understand their intersections. While donating to trans-led and trans awareness organizations is always welcome, simply following and raising awareness for the cause is important, too.

Sign petitions, get involved, and do whatever possible to do your part — the fight won’t be over anytime soon.

Credits: Header: Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

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