Today March 31 is the 7th Annual International Transgender Day of Visibility which was created by trans advocate Rachel Crandall.
The head of Transgender Michigan, Crandall created this day after recognizing that many media outlets only report on stories about the violence committed against transgender and gender non-conforming people.
She hoped to create a day where people could focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to be themselves and be seen, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible.
Each year, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility to raise awareness about transgender people. It is a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while still spotlighting the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.