On March 31st, communities around the world will celebrate Trans Day of Visibility, an event giving trans people and their allies a reason to celebrate and come together.
Organized in 2009 by Rachel Crandall-Crocker, the celebration provides a contrast to Trans Day of Remembrance, the November 20th commemoration that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
“I wanted a day that we can celebrate the living, and I wanted a day that all over the world we could be all together,” Crandall-Crocker told The 19th.
This year, a Trans Day of Visibility celebration will be held in Cleveland at The Mansion at 11210 Detroit Avenue. The event is sponsored by Margie’s Hope, Studio West, and Cleveland Burlesque. As part of the celebration, which will feature a keynote speaker, numerous Ohioans are being recognized for their incredible contributions to the LGBTQ+ community:
- Trans Community Service Award: Devinity (she/her)
- Living Heritage Award: Terri Williams (she/her) & Khris U. Goins (he/him)
- Trans Ally Award: Carol Rodriquez (she/her)
- Trans Activist Award: Rhea Debussy (they/them)
- Trans Generation Award: Zyaire Gale (he/him)
- Trans Educator Award: Dr. Lady J. Martinez (she/her)
- Trans Entertainer Award: Jolee Black (she/her)
- Daisy Award: Ayron “Ace” Evans (he/him)
- Attend the Trans Day of Visibility event on March 31 at 6pm held at The Mansion, 11210 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. The event is free and limited parking is available. More information here.