This "Day of Visability" on March 31, 2012 from their headquarters in Michigan was reported to be a success. The Transgender Education Collaboration which sponcered the day reported that their efforts were well recieved. Instead of making this initial day an annual event, they will focus their efforts with other established events like LGBT Pride. We'll watch their website for future offerings and plans wheather this might become scheduled again. ~Sasha
Transgender Visibility Campaign
The ‘Transgender Visibility Campaign’ begans on March 1, 2012 and ran through the first week of April 2012. The campaign was centered on bringing awareness and education about Transgender issues that affect not only their local Michigan Trans community, but those around the globe. For a complete list of future events taking place, please visit the Transgender Education Collaboration website at www.trans-edu.com.
As the Transgender Education Collaboration works to establish itself in the community, there is an ongoing movement to bring about awareness and education for a segment of the population that, for too long has been ignored, abused and/or forgotten. M Kelley, Co-Chair, Transgender Education Collaboration, said: “The fight for transgender rights is too often easily dismissed because Transgender people lack visibility and our [TEC] main goal is to bring much needed education to our community that allows us to make room for all Transgendered people, no matter where they are on their journey. For too long, we have accepted poor treatment of the trans community because of misinformation and a lack of understanding.” “Visibility is so important for the Transgender community, because the rest of society needs to realize that we are here and we are people who have value.
When asked why this campaign is so important, Jena Lewis, Co-Chair, Transgender Education Collaboration, had this to say: "For so long the only visible faces of Transgender people are those as victims of crime on the news, or the false representation of drug using prostitutes. The International Transgender Visibility holiday is time where we all can combat these memes these false beliefs that society pushes upon those that do not follow the gender binary.” “Also, it is time we celebrate people that matter in history and the present that did not follow expected gender roles. It is time we see amazing artists like Rex Cameron and Andrea James. It is time we remember the incredible scientist and computer inventors, people who have really shaped our daily lives for the better, but also amazingly is the fact that they did and do not fit the expected gender perspectives society has put on us for too long.”
To learn more about the Transgender Education Collaboration, become a supporting partner, provide a resource, or to get involved, please visit them online at: www.trans-edu.com/.