International Transgender Day of Visibility, observed annually on March 31 by the Human Rights Campaign, is a day to honor transgender people everywhere and recognize the courage it takes for them to live authentically and openly. To commemorate the day, HRC and other organizations are bringing attention to the violence and discrimination that trans people experience.
International Transgender Day of Visibility allows the unique voices and identities of all trans people to be elevated and celebrated.
While we recognize the strides made by the community this TDOV, we also know there is much more work to be done.
In addition to continuous violence against transgender and non-binary individuals, particularly Black and Brown transgender women, transgender and non-binary persons continue to face legislative and executive attacks across the world. You can explore further reading about these issues by browsing the links included in the source list. Discrimination against the trans community is rampant in many societies.
Transgender is an umbrella term that includes transmen and transwomen. Transgender refers to someone who does not identify with the sex assigned at birth. Some people who are non-binary identify as transgender, but others may still identify with their sex assigned at birth to a degree.
It's high time we started seeing gender as a spectrum rather than just a set of binary traits.
Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, and every day, let's celebrate trans people everywhere by being allies and learn more about trans experiences so that we can help combat hate, discrimination, and misinformation.
The following posts and accompanying links may include (but not limited to) references to transphobia, homophobia, sex and sexual orientation, rape, abuse, male and female genitalia, prostitution, violence, suicide, self-harm. Reader/ Viewer discretion is advised.
Christine Goodwin (she/her)
Born in 1937, Christine Goodwin was a British transgender rights activist, who was formerly a bus driver. She had been married with four children and was the children’s biological father. After decades of gender dysphoria, Christine began the long and difficult process of gender re-assignment. But after the surgery, she remained, in the eyes of the law, a male.
It was legal action taken by Christine Goodwin in 2002 which paved the way for the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The Act was a huge step forward for the rights of transgender people.
Christine had been living life as her true self and had transitioned medically.
However she was considered a man in the eyes of the law, and felt unable to do things that would require her to present her birth certificate. She could not draw a pension at age 60 or report that £200 had been stolen from her. It was also illegal for her to marry a man.
Christine took her case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that her right to private life and right to marry had been violated.
The Court said that the law conflicted with an important aspect of Christine’s personal identity, which was a serious interference with her private life. Her right to marry had also been breached.
Because of Christine’s case, an Act of Parliament, the Gender Recognition Act 2004, was passed to give legal recognition to trans people.
The Act allows them to obtain a new birth certificate and permits them to marry members of the opposite gender. Christine passed away in December 2014. She was one of the few transgender people to use her name in her application to court, because she “had nothing to be ashamed of”.
Goodwin was hailed as "a trailblazer for trans rights" and a "pioneer" by trans rights network Transgender Europe.
Freddy McConnell (he/his)
Freddy McConnell is a British writer and journalist, who gained international attention for his legal battle to be recognized as the father of his child after giving birth in 2018. McConnell was assigned female at birth and experienced gender dysphoria from a very young age. He came out as a transgender man in his mid-20s.
McConnell documented his journey into parenthood in a film called Seahorse. The film follows McConnell's experience of becoming pregnant and giving birth, and the challenges he faced as a transgender man navigating the medical and legal systems. The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and received critical acclaim.
In 2018, McConnell gave birth to his son, Jack, via a sperm donor. When he attempted to register the birth, he was told he would be listed as the mother on the birth certificate. McConnell challenged this decision in court, arguing that he should be recognized as the child's father. In September 2019, the High Court ruled against McConnell, stating that the law was clear in defining a mother as the person who gives birth.
McConnell's case sparked a national conversation in the UK about the rights of transgender parents and the need for legal recognition of their roles. Despite the legal setback, McConnell continues to be a powerful voice for trans rights and parenthood. He has spoken at numerous events and conferences, sharing his story and advocating for greater acceptance and understanding of trans experiences. In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, McConnell said, “It sounds wishy-washy, but I thought it could be a good opportunity to spread empathy. I think empathy is key in convincing people that trans people are actually quite normal, and live lives that are not sensational or scary.”
Freddy McConnell's story highlights the challenges that many transgender parents face in a world that is still grappling with issues of gender identity and equality. His courage and advocacy have helped to raise awareness of these issues and inspire greater understanding and acceptance of trans people and their families.
A proud father of two, who he gave birth to, he is still fighting for the recognition of LGBTQ+ parents equally on UK birth certificates.
Georgina Beyer (she/her)
Georgina Beyer was a New Zealand Labour Party politician. In 1995 she was elected mayor of Carterton, making her the world's first openly transgender mayor. In 1999 she became the world's first openly transgender member of parliament.
When New Zealand sought to legalise same-sex marriages and conservative religious groups organised a march to oppose the legislation, Beyer was on parliament steps undaunted to meet the chanting crowd. “I’m happy to stare you in the eye,” she said. “Why do you hate people like us?”
She never lost faith in the fairness of her countrymen who elected her to the parliament, as well as stood up for her identity and the community she represented.
Circumstances led her into the sex industry as a young teenager, and later she was raped by a group of men. She couldn’t seek justice because sex work was viewed as criminal offence. “I was raped, and, yes, I’m a prostitute, and, no, it was not right that I should have been raped, because I said no.” she had said.
Her speech on sex work was credited with tipping the balance in favour of the prostitution reform bill in New Zealand in 2003. The laws decriminalised sex work in New Zealand, aiming to create a safer environment for sex workers, who could access legal support if faced with violence or exploitation.
Until the final moment of her life, she joked with her friends and had a twinkle in her eye.
Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy (she/her)
Better known by her stage name Coccinelle, Dufresnoy was a singer, entertainer and activist who was the first French person to undergo gender-affirming surgery. Born in August 1931, she knew as young as four that she was different, that she was a girl but nobody could see it.
As a teenager, she picked up the nickname Coccinelle after wearing a red dress with black polka dots to a fancy dress party. 'Coccinelle' means ladybug in English, the name later became her stage name.
She made her stage debut in 1953 at Madame Arthur, a cabaret venue in Paris, performing a song from the film Premier rendez-vous. She went on to earn a regular spot at Le Carrousel de Paris, a popular music hall with many transgender performers, where she quickly earned herself a sizeable following.
In France at the time, it was illegal to wear clothing not associated with one’s assigned gender. In 1958, Coccinelle became the first French celebrity to undergo gender-affirming surgery, with the operation being performed by French gynaecologist Georges Burou in Casablanca, Morocco.
Coccinelle later said of the operation: “Dr Burou rectified the mistake nature had made and I became a real woman, on the inside as well as the outside. After the operation, the doctor just said, ‘Bonjour, Mademoiselle’, and I knew it had been a success.”
After the operation, France amended its laws to allow details on birth certificates to be changed following sex reassignment surgery, and Dufresnoy legally changed her name to Jacqueline-Charlotte.
Her first marriage established a legal precedent for transgender people’s right to marry in France, and it was the first union featuring a transgender person to be officially recognised by the French state.
Coccinelle worked extensively as an activist on behalf of transgender people, founding the organization Devenir Femme (To Become Woman), which was designed to provide emotional and practical support to those seeking gender reassignment surgery. She also helped establish the Center for Aid, Research, and Information for Transsexuality and Gender Identity.
Judy Bowen (she/her)
Judy Bowen is a transgender activist who started two transgender support organizations in New York City in the early years after the riots at the Stonewall Inn. But Bowen raised in the South in a religious home, and worked as a reporter for an evangelical newspaper. She was unable to conceal her transgender identity in her youth, and found support from her mother after an attempted suicide. Bowen moved to New York after witnessing racist and transphobic violence in Knoxville. She worried that if she stayed, she would be killed. In New York, Bowen lived in Greenwich Village before the Stonewall riots, and found joy in a community filled with trans people. She was an organizer and community activist, as well as a patient of the famous pioneer of transgender medicine, Harry Benjamin, who wrote a book on Transsexualism. She eventually moved to Las Vegas and is a veteran of the rich trans history of NYC in the mid-twentieth century.
Judy Bowen on Activism: “The police were really, really bad. The first time I got arrested, I was at a club in Long Island, and I was running for a beauty contest, and the police raided the place and took everybody to jail. I had bruises that lasted three months. I lived on Christopher Street, just below the Stonewall, during the time when people were rising up and saying, ‘We’re not gonna take this anymore.’ It was basically the trans [people] that were being hit the most by the police. That was my salvation. We moved between the Village to Times Square, which was really the big red light district. I was working in Times Square at a club called the Tango Room. [The Stonewall uprising] lasted for several nights, but it was just down the block. I could barely get to my apartment, it was two blocks away. I’ve always been an activist.”
At 74, she was an active member of The Center in Las Vegas, which supported the needs of LGBTQ people, as well as a champion of the Safety Dorm for transgender individuals at The Salvation Army, which housed and provided professional support for homeless transgender people in Las Vegas.
Patricio Manuel (he/his)
Patricio Manuel, also known as Cacahuate, is a transgender boxer from Los Angeles who has made history by becoming the first transgender boxer to compete professionally in the United States. He was born in 1985 to an Irish mom and a black dad in Santa Monica, California and was raised by a single mother.
When he was a little kid he always thought of himself as a boy but he learned really early on to be quiet and stifle that part of himself. He started feeling disconnected from himself and later was hit by a heavy bout of anxiety and depression for holding his true self back. He discovered boxing during Middle School and immediately fell in love with the sport. Boxing brought him back into his body and allowed him to be proud of actually what he was physically able to do.
He started boxing at the age of 16 and became a five-time USA female national amateur boxing champion. He fought his last fight as a woman in 2012 before starting to transition a year later. This decision ended his ten year collaboration with his then coach. But the feeling of living a lie was so much that he risked the love of his life, boxing, to be true to himself.
When he returned to professional boxing as a man after two years, he began to notice how the world treated him differently. He faced discrimination, male boxers refused to fight using the excuse that they weren't willing to dishonor a woman. He won his first amateur fight, yet it got harder for him to get fights because of the social stigma associated with being a trans person.
In 2018, Patricio made history by becoming the first transgender male boxer to compete professionally in the United States, and he won by unanimous decision after defeating Hugo Aguilar. While the audience was not happy to see a trans man win, Patricio expressed nothing but respect for his opponent for not giving into transphobia, for showing up for the fight and for fighting him as a man.
He hopes to live in a world where being yourself isn't seen as this courageous act. He wants to see all the people be celebrated when they fight against those specific restrictive norms, where being oneself was like a celebration of life itself. When not boxing, Patricio raises awareness about transgender issues and to fight for trans rights. He has been an advocate for transgender athletes, calling for more inclusivity and acceptance in sports.
After a long period of not getting professional fights due to injuries, pandemic and transphobia, on March 18, 2023, he defeated Hien Huynh in a fight at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.
Rituparno Ghosh (zie/hir)
Rituparno Ghosh was an Indian filmmaker.
Zie was born into a Hindu family in 1963 and spent hir early years working in advertising. Zie had an extremely successful film career where zie made films about the Indian middle class, films with high ranking Bollywood actors, and finally, films that focused on the queer community.
Zie is reported to have been at odds with hir sexuality and gender identity for most of hir life. According to Subhash Jha, zie “was cautious about sending out the wrong signals to actors,” It must have felt stifling to live in such an environment where one just couldn’t be oneself.
It is said zie threw hirself into hir work only to spend the bulk of hir personal life alone. The general rigid queerphobic tendencies of the present Indian society isolated hir from hir own community.
It is through hir work that zie freely expressed hirself, hir emotions, hir sexuality free of any judgement and zie won the hearts of the audience through hir work. From hir films we get to witness the society as Rituda saw it, delving into complex relationship dynamics, exploring and questioning the traditional societal expectations.
Hir movie Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish was beautiful queer love story. In Arekti Premer Golpo zie performed the role of a non-binary character. Zie was transitioning a few years before hir death. More details of hir life, however, remain hidden from the public view.
Vivek Shraya (she/her)
Vivek Shraya is a Canadian artist, musician, and writer who has been an influential voice in the LGBTQ+ community. Her work explores themes of identity, gender, and sexuality, and she has become a powerful advocate for queer rights through her art. She is also an assistant professor in the creative writing program at the University of Calgary.
Shraya's journey towards self-acceptance and embracing her trans identity was a long and difficult one. Growing up in a conservative Indian family in Alberta, she struggled to reconcile her desires with the expectations placed upon her. In her early twenties, she came out as gay, but still felt a sense of shame and isolation.
It wasn't until her thirties that Shraya began to fully embrace her trans identity. Having been silenced in her childhood, due to relentless homophobia and bullying, she found a different way to express herself through music. Her music often touches on the struggles of being queer in a society that does not always accept or understand it.
In addition to her music, Shraya is also a writer. She has written several books, including the novel She of the Mountains and the poetry collection Even this Page is White. In her writing, she often explores the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and has become a powerful voice in the LGBTQ+ literary community.
One of Shraya's most notable works is her book I'm Afraid of Men, in which she reflects on her experiences of growing up in a culture that is often hostile towards queer and gender-nonconforming individuals. In the book, she writes about the fear and anxiety that comes with living in a world where being different is often punished, and the ways in which she has learned to navigate and resist that fear.
Through her art, Shraya has become an important voice in the LGBTQ+ community. She has used her platform to advocate for trans rights, and has spoken out against discrimination and violence towards queer and gender-nonconforming individuals. In a world that can often be hostile towards those who are different, she has become a beacon of hope and inspiration for many.
She has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.
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Abhina Aher: Activist
From facing hate crime as an adolescent to being involved in sex work for survival, it has been a rough ride for Abhina Aher, born male but later transitioned into a female Read more
Aneera Kabeer: Teacher
Even armed with 3 Masters’ degrees, Aneera continued to face discrimination. She was let go from every job she held which prompted her to resort to drastic measures to call attention to her plight. Read more
Aryan Pasha: Bodybuilder
With the support of his family, Aryan Pasha recently broke the norm in the field of bodybuilding after becoming the first transman in India to participate in a competition called Muscle Mania from the Men's category. Watch his story
Bobby Darling: Actress
Perhaps the best-known trans personality in India, Bobby was a pioneer, the first openly queer person in mainstream Hindi cinema. Now, while the industry has moved on somewhat, she remains typecast. Read more
Gazal Dhaliwal: Screenwriter
Gazal, a transwoman has written dialogues for path breaking movies like Ek Ladki ko Dekha toh Aisa Laga, Qarib Qarib Siingle and Lipstick under my Burkha. She also spoke about her transitioning journey in Aamir Khan’s show Satyameva Jayate. Read about her here.
Grace Banu: Engineer & Activist
From selling halwa in Tirunelveli to untangling legal knots, 32-year-old trans activist and software engineer, Grace Banu has come a long way and she’s still tirelessly working towards shaping an inclusive society. Read more
Dr. A. Mani: STEM academic
From creating her own world with science and mathematics to choosing not to be part of mainstream academia, Dr. Mani has asserted her place in a world that still upholds the exclusion of non-conformists, battling daily microaggressions on account of her trans identity. Read more
Dr. V.S. Priya: Doctor
Challenged by societal norms and stereotyped gender roles in families, Dr Priya lived as a man for almost 30 years before embracing her feminine identity. Now, as Kerala’s first transgender doctor, she's a beacon of hope not only for all transgendered people who want to be known for what they do but for everyone who continues to battle the odds and face impossible challenges. Watch her story
Manabi Bandopadhyay: Principal
For Professor Manabi Bandopadhyay, the progressive attitudes she’s experiencing today are a far cry from what she has had to withstand in the face of undergoing a sex change operation. Read more
Manisha earns very little from a traditional occupation for trans people, singing and dancing at weddings or celebrations for the birth of a boy. But this has not stopped her from taking in seven girls and one boy. Read more
Mairembam Ronaldo Singh: Actress
We all know and love her as Cheeni from Paatal Lok but for Mairembam it has been a huge struggle going from a theatre artist in Manipur to a mainstream actor in Mumbai. Read more
Navya Singh: Model
Navya Singh, an actor and model, continues to advocate for trans actor representation in mainstream Bollywood and the OTT platform, urging the fraternity to give trans roles to real-life trans actors. Read more
Padmini Prakash: News Anchor
Padmini was disowned by her family at 13, and dropped out of college due to harassment but she persevered on this road and is now India’s first transgender news anchor. Read more
Saisha Shinde: Fashion Designer
At the beginning of 2021, celeb fashion designer Saisha (earlier famous as Swapnil Shinde) came out publically as a transwoman which was one of the greatest moments in not only her life but also the lives of many LGBTQIA+ people in India. Watch her story
Vee: Professional model and YouTuber
19-year-old Vee is India’s first transmale model. Watch Vee’s journey of transition, of finding himself, accepting his gender identity, overcoming gender stereotypes and loving himself. Watch his story
Ziya & Zahad: Trans couple
Read about Ziya and Zahad, the trans-couple whose pregnancy photos went viral on social media and are now proud parents, even as they march ahead on their transitioning journey. Read moreEdited by tournesol - 2 months ago
Now that you've read up on how simply wanting to assert their true identity has been such a painful struggle for so many trans people, some of you may be wondering what you can do to help.
Well, to start with you can read the information in these links on how to be an Ally to Trans people.
Check out the National Centre for Transgender Equality's Guide to being a good Ally: Read here
Read up on GLAAD's Tips for allies of Transgender people here
As you must have noted, an important step to being an Ally is educating yourself on Trans people and their issues.
To help you do this, we have compiled some useful links for you to explore.
Please note this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are a plethora of resources out there and stories by real-life trans people that we may have missed out on.
If you come across any that you think are interesting &/or relevant that haven't made it on our list, feel free to post them on this thread.
Learn more about the Human Rights Campaign's Transgender Day of Visibility
Explore Transgender Identity Terms and Labels
Human Rights Campaign's webpage on Transgender and nonbinary FAQ
Yes, there is Science behind this! Find out more here: The Science of being transgender
A research article published in Progress in Brain Research, the most acclaimed and accomplished book series in neuroscience: Sexual differentiation of the human brain in relation to gender identity & sexual orientation
Watch this TED talk by Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, a trans and queer activist from Iceland: Moving beyond the binary of sex and gender
Watch Human Rights Campaign's Video series entitled 'Debunking the Myths: Transgender Health & Well-Being' :
Myth #1: Surgery is a Top Priority for All Transgender People
Myth #2: Providing Transgender-Inclusive Benefits is Prohibitively Expensive For Companies
Myth #3: My Child is Too Young to Know They're Transgender
Myth #4: Transgender Healthcare is "Special Care"
Watch this video by Participant, a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change: Two trans men sharing what it's like coming out
The Website for National Centre for Transgender Equality highlights how policies affect transgender people. Educate yourself here.
The United Nations' webpage has a section by an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender that talks about the struggle of trans and gender-diverse persons
Danielle Weitzer shares her journey through emotional and physical pain as she transitioned, ultimately forging a path in medicine and advocacy. Stigma, surgeries and struggles for trans women
Harvard Business Review article on why Transgender, Gender- Fluid and Gender non-conforming employees deserve better policies. Read hereEdited by LizzieBennet - 2 months ago
A brief History of Transgenders in India published by the Indian Institute of Legal studies that talks about their place in Hindu mythology.
Read about how the British began policing other groups which didn't fit the binary gender categories, including Hijras here in this BBC news article: How colonialism impacted Hijras
This Harvard Divinity school case study on Hijras is relevant because some Hijras also identify as transgender: The Third Gender and Hijras
Prakirti Soni tells her story of how she officially came out as a transwoman in August 2020. She received support from her family and friends for dealing with the transition and it made the journey comparatively easier for her. Read here
Ritarpan, a 33-year-old from Kolkata came out as a trans man to their parents last year in the middle of the pandemic, after spending years battling their own deeply ingrained sense of homophobia and transphobia that is rooted in the cultural milieu of their upbringing. Read their story
Delhi-based Aaryan Banerjee was in grade 5 or 6 when he realized that the female gender assigned to him by birth did not quite fit. From there, began a journey of hardships and hope that involved a life-affirming transformation. Read his story
Jamal Siddiqui shares some tips on how to come out and says it can be a lifelong process for some. Read about his journey
Hindustan Times article on how coming out as Transgender to your parents can still be an issue in India: Read more
Trans athletes in India are struggling to find a niche for themselves, whether it’s competing professionally or for fun, self-expression or visibility. Read more
A Pulitzer Centre article on how Transgender identity is linked with homelessness and familial violence: Read here
A Times of India feature on how Transgenders are still struggling for social acceptance: Read here
What it is to be a Transgender person in an Indian prison: A news story in the Wire talks about the sexual violence, harassment and misgendering that trans prisoners face. Read more
Lack of means to record their preferred gender identities means that many Indians who identify as transgender are excluded from various social security benefits: A Business Standard story
Often trans people are denied jobs and opportunities in economic activities. And those who, land up with opportunities, earn way lesser than their co-workers: Outlook article
Despite legal protection, trans children find it difficult to navigate the education system that is riddled with institutionalized othering: Read more in this Outlook article
Trans people recount how they had to hide their true identity to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Read more
Did you know the Centre recently justified the ban on blood donation by trans people, citing scientific evidence? Is this fact-based or yet another form of discrimination? Learn more
Read about the issues faced by trans people in STEM in India: Read more
Read this online article on the gaps in gender-neutral rape laws in India
A Trans Rights Bill passed in 2019 purports to protect transgender rights, but many trans activists say it does the exact opposite: Read about this here
Explore more about what the trans community really wants in the wake of the Trans Rights Bill: Read here
Siddhant More, a trans man from Mumbai answers 10 questions he's commonly asked:
Transgender and non-binary folk have been facing prejudice and ostracisation for years because of who they are. Here are some statements that they are tired of hearing: Watch
The label of "Hijra" pertains to a diverse range of people who consider themselves outside of the cis categorization of male or female, but largely describes those born male who transition to female through a combination of gender affirmation surgery, taking on India's traditional feminine gender roles, and wearing women's clothing. Watch this Refinery29 video
After two decades of feeling like she lived in the wrong body, Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju decided to turn her social, legal and biological identity to match what her mind was telling her. Watch her tell her story in this TED talk
Shreegauri Sawant, a radical catalyst in the battle for transgender rights, raises some daunting questions in this fiery talk, seeking for a shift in the outlook towards the members of the transgender community. Watch this TED talk [Hindi, no subs].
Laxmi Narayan Tripathy, transgender rights activist, Hindi film actress, a Bharatanatyam dancer and an Ex-Bigg Boss contestant talks about Changing Gender Dynamics in the current Social-Economic Structure of India. Watch this TED talk
Rudrani Chettri Chauhan, the founder of India's first LGBT modeling agency, talks about her personal journey and explores why these challenges exist for trans people in India in this candid interview: Watch here
Watch Adam Harry, Trainee Pilot, Transgender activist and Motivational speaker speak about his struggles as a trans man in this two-part conversation with Dr. Veena in #GenderTalks Interview: Adam Harry [Malayalam with Eng subs]
Kalki Subramanian, an activist, author, actor, inspirational speaker, and the founder of Sahodari Foundation which works for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India speaks about Breaking Binaries in her TED Talk Watch here.
We have highlighted above some of the gaps and challenges that exist for trans people in society, but we also think the positive strides need to be showcased and applauded. After all, big changes start small.
For the first time, Indian Transgender gurus bless pilgrims at the Kumbh mela: Read here
Karnataka state recently (2019) ruled that education institutes must allow people to officially change their name and gender: Read more
Anuprabha Das Mazumder becomes the first person in India to get the Transgender stamp on her Aadhaar Card: Read here
India steps forward to empower and enable LGBTIQ+: Thriving with Pride
In a heartwarming initiative, a new school for transgender people has opened in Mumbai. Touted to be the first such educational institute in Maharashtra, its aim is to empower the community and make them self-reliant. Read more
Trans people making strides in politics: Hindustan Times news story
In 2020, 15 young people from Manipur became the country's first all-transgender men’s football team, called the Ya_All FC, defying the binary in sport. Watch their journey
India's first Transgender band, The Six Pack Band, accompanied by music director, Shamir Tandon, makes an appearance on the Kapil Sharma Show: (Time stamp 9:20 to 20:45) Watch here
For eighteen days of the year, the small village of Villipurgam in Tamil Nadu is transformed into ‘Koovagam’, the largest gathering of transgender women in Asia. Watch this documentary by Jess Kohl
Here's an example of how raising your voice against injustice can lead to positive changes: The DGCA is looking at reworking its policies for trans pilots. Read here.
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai is making huge strides in inclusivity. Along with electing an openly queer person as President of its Student Union, it has also become the first campus in the country to have a gender-neutral hostel. Read More
On March 10, New Delhi hosted the first 'National Transgender Employment mela' with the aim to fast-track transgender employment in India. Watch this news report
The Mitr Clinic in Hyderabad is the first-ever Medical Clinic operated entirely by Transgender staff providing comprehensive services to the Transgender community and serving as a working model on how to reach vulnerable marginalized populations. Watch hereEdited by LizzieBennet - 2 months ago
Brené Brown once said owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.
It’s even more braver to make someone else’s story one’s “own” just with one’s compassion; to show empathy and witness without judgment, and to honor the feelings without trying to fix or change anything.
This International Transgender Day of Visibility let’s celebrate the resilience and strength of the transgender community. Your fiction or poetry should uplift, inspire love or highlight the courage it takes to live authentically as a transgender in a world that doesn't understand or accept the identity one was born on the inside.
We invite you to publish fictions or poems that reflect on the experiences and struggles of transgender individuals, celebrate their identities or their unique journeys in the path of love, their self-discovery, or the complexities of gender identity and expression.
Your work can be a fan fiction, an original fiction or a poem. But RPF are not allowed and you have to follow Fan Fiction Rules.
A story must have at least 700 words and each poem must have at least 60 words.
Submit as many fictions or poems as you want.
All of your submissions must be published in the FF section as one single book.
Your stories can be of any genre.
Use the tag ownyourstories in your book.
Post the link of your story on this thread after publishing it in the FF section.
You have to submit link of your completed book on or before 15 April 2023, 11.59 PM IST to LizzieBennet or DreamOfEndless via PM.
All submissions will be featured in the FF section during the month of April.
While you may wish to, but, sending your work for an opinion to the IF Beta Readers team is not compulsory. You can request for a book cover here.
However, if the story is found to promote hate or spread misinformation on the transgender or any LGBTQIA+ groups, then we will contact the author.
For further queries regarding Own Your Stories or your submission in the FF section, feel free to PM LizzieBennet, oye_nakhrewaali or DreamOfEndless.
Happy Writing! We look forward to reading your stories and poems.Edited by DreamOfEndless - 2 months ago
To appreciate the authors participating in Own Your Stories, we have decided to give out some special goodies- IF badges! But, there is a small twist, you get to design them for your fellow IF-ers.
Presenting to you
You have to design a badge that will shine proudly in your fellow IF-ers profile. The winning entry of Colors That Fly High will be awarded to participants of Own Your Stories and the runner-up entry will be awarded to all the participants of this contest. This is our small token of appreciation for every single one of you who has come out to support members of the trans community in your small little way.
Except Newbies, everyone is allowed to participate.
You have to submit TWO badges but of the same design. One badge will have the text "Own Your Stories participant" and the other "Colors That Fly High participant"
You can submit up to 2 different designs (that is, You can submit 4 badges in total)
Keep the background (non-visible area) transparent or white.
Keep your PSD/raw file with you.
Size of the canvas 220Wx220H pixel
Text should stand out. It can be of any shape as long as it is visible. The badge can be of any shape too.
Your design should have the color scheme of light blue, pink and white (#5BCEFA, #F5A9B8, #FFFFFF respectively) Designs without these three colors won't be considered.
PM your badges in .png format to FFEditors on or before 10 April 2023, 11.59 PM IST.
Judging will be done by the (non-participating) FFGs and the results will be non-negotiable.
That's all we got for now. We sign off with the hope that one day, each person gets to be themselves and that the world will accept them for who they are. Spread Love!
Write-up and formatting: LizzieBennet, DreamOfEndless, oye_nakhrewaali
Graphics: Animagus_Shiri, oye_nakhrewaali
Color coding: oye_nakhrewaaliEdited by oye_nakhrewaali - 1 months ago
This post will answer all the queries related to Own Your Stories and Colors That Fly High
Own Your Stories
Q: Why is this not a contest?
A: We believe every story that intends to provide visibility to and celebrate the trans community deserves its own place. Every story written as a part of Own Your Stories will be featured on the FF section during the month of April.
Q: Can I create multiple books in the FF section?
A: You can post different stories (each ending in one chapter) or poems, but only in one book (i.e one book per author) This is so that the FFGs don't get overwork and we can keep a book featured for more time.
Q: Do we have to get the story beta read?
A: No, its not a compulsion, however, if the FFEs find that the story promotes hate or spreads misinformation on the transgender or any of the LGBTQIA+ groups, then we will contact the author.
Q: Is it compulsory to have a trans character as a main character in the story?
A: Yes, the aim is to increase the visibility of people from the transgender community and hence the story should have a transgender main character.
Q: Are we pming or posting it here?
Colors That Fly High
Q: Can we use different shades of the colors for the badge?
A: You can work around the shades, but the ones mentioned (#5BCEFA, #F5A9B8, #FFFFFF) have to be present since they are the colors of the trans flag
Q: How many designs can we send in?
A: Two different designs, however, you will send in 2 badges per design (each with different design), so the count is 4.
Q: Does the badge have to be circular in shape?
A: Not necessarily. As long as your canvas shape is a square you’re good.Edited by oye_nakhrewaali - 1 months ago
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