As part of its ongoing commitment to highlighting minoritized voices, CBM’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council invites you to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility (ITDOV) on March 31, 2022. 

Founded in 2009 by Michigan transgender advocate Rachel Crandall, ITDOV encourages celebration of transgender and gender nonbinary identities and contributions to society, in addition to raising awareness around various social and political issues facing trans and nonbinary individuals. This includes high rates of violence and discrimination experienced by members of the trans and nonbinary community, as well as higher rates of poverty and lack of access to gender affirming medical care. However, unlike other observances like Transgender Day of Remembrance that specifically emphasize the disenfranchisement and violence faced by this community, ITDOV was created to bring the stories and experiences of trans and nonbinary individuals to the fore. On ITDOV, we are called to uplift and stand in solidarity with trans and nonbinary members of our communities. This remains especially important because, although societal acceptance of trans and nonbinary individuals has increased in recent years, so too have crimes against trans and binary people in the United States. 

Trans and nonbinary people are subject to constant pressure to conform to conventional gender norms and identities. Within the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) framework, we note that transphobia at both the individual and broader institutional levels function to invalidate trans and nonbinary people. By empowering and affirming our trans and nonbinary neighbors, peers, and family, allies can create more validating and supportive spaces to honor stories of surviving and organize to promote thriving. We at CBM are committed to combating heterosexism in our interactions with clients and the community, and we will continue to strive to promote inclusion of diverse gender identities throughout our work. 

For more information on ITDOV and to explore perspectives shared by local Milwaukee trans and nonbinary community members, consider exploring the work of local LGBTQ+ organizations in elevating vibrant trans voices!

–Read more about ITDOV in the local Milwaukee community in Milwaukee Pride Life Magazine: “Queens and Kings: Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility” (https://issuu.com/mkepridelife/docs/mplm-march_-2022_9x11-16_pgs/s/15097157).
–The local community organization FORGE has shared submissions by local trans and nonbinary community members to highlight trans and nonbinary Milwaukeeans’ stories in their own words—check them out here! (https://forge-forward.org/collections/tdov/