(Blogmensgo, gay blog of March 31, 2016) Twice a year, we are reminded to think of transsexual and transgender people: On November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) and on today’s March 31st, the Transgender Day of Visibility, (TDoV).
Since 2009, this Day of Visibility has called transsexual and transgender people to our minds: Their difficult paths and lives, their needs and problems. (Hashtag: #TDOV.)
This little documentary by the Gender Centre of New South Wales (Australia) shows some insights into the lives of five young transsexuals:
Why visibility? Because visibility will (hopefully) help people to better recognize and understand transgender and transsexual people.
Another reason is to fight against prejudice, bullying, insults and violence of all kinds, up to danger to life. Of all LGBT persons, transgender and transsexual people still suffer most from discrimination.
Transphobia kills – either directly or via its psychological consequences.
The following poster shows some facts and figures:
Even in our developed and rich countries, transsexuals have to suffer a lot – be it in their personal lives, at work, at school or at the university.
The media have also covered this day extensively, including with interviews of transsexual celebrities. One name seems to turn up all the time although there are no recent interviews available: Lily Wachowski who came out of the closet in order to avoid her outing by a tabloid magazine (see our article). One of the more recent works of the Wachowski siblings, the TV series Sense8, features a trans-woman as one of its main characters.
Frank-S / MensGo