Fresno's Inaugural Transgender Day of Visibility
Trans-E-Motion has come a very long way. From the time it was founded in 2005, as a group dedicated to putting on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, to an organization that has 3 monthly support groups for transgender and non-binary individuals. This year the Trans-E-Motion Board has decided to broaden our focus and treat Transgender Day of Visibility as a counterpoint to the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) has been hosted in other parts of California to contrast the sorrow of November’s Transgender Day of Remembrance; this year is Fresno’s first ever TDOV.
So we are using Transgender Day of Visibility to show the world we are more than the stereotypes portrayed in hackneyed comedies or by a sinister force, bent on corrupting and over turning an imaginary set of gender rules. We are your relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and we are above all, just people who, like the rest of society, look to improve the world around us to the best of our abilities.
We are celebrating the Transgender Day of Visibility by holding two events:
On Thursday, March 31st from 6pm to 8pm we are holding a Rally and March at the Southeast corner of Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno, California.
On Sunday, April 10th from 12pm to 4pm we will have an indoor street fair with live entertainment, speakers, an art display, a resource fair, and vendors at Alliant University 5130 E Clinton Way Fresno, California 93727.
For some, the procedures and treatments we undergo to become our authentic selves seem frivolous, and not medically necessary because medical practice and insurance policies have not caught up to modern scientific understandings of gender.
For the Transgender Day of Visibility our community is coming together to let the world know, “We are here; we are at the end of the day no different from you; and we are not the way you were taught to believe we are.”
The transgender community is coming together with our allies, which is monumentally important as states seek religious justification and have long debunked science to spread fear about us. We hope to, by our compassion and willingness to demystify the claims made out of such fear, shatter the barriers that have been and are being made regularly. Those same barriers have prevented many of us in the past to secure what the Constitution of the United States guarantees to us all: equal treatment and protection under the law.
So, come out and show your support and learn what you can do to help the transgender and non-binary community to not only survive, but thrive!
Written by: Claire Devaroux and Zoyer Zyndel