On the Trans Day of Visibility

Today is the sixth annual Trans Day of Visibility, which many trans* folks are marking on social media by posting selfies and telling their stories.

If you're on Twitter, you can follow the hashtag #TransDayOfVisibility.

Visibility is important. It is everything. It is an invitation, a proclamation, a demand. It is safety. It is action. It is personal and political.

When you are part of a marginalized population who is excluded, whose images in popular media are few and far between, it is radical.

It is strength and it is vulnerability—making oneself seen, and asking to be seen.

To my trans* family, friends, and colleagues: I see you.

And to those who do not yet feel safe enough to be seen, I will listen to what you need, in order that you might someday feel safe.

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