“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”
— Laverne Cox
A day just wasn't enough, so we made it a week of events celebrating our Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community!
What is Trans Day of Visibility?
Transgender Day Of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual holiday celebrated around the world, dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of trans & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.
Trans Week of Visibility Kick Off
Friday, March 24th 7:30-8:30pm Blue Bridge, Downtown Grand Rapids
Join us on the blue bridge to kick off a week of visibility for the transgender community, leading up to the global Transgender Day of Visibility on the 31st. We'll be lighting up the bridge in the colors of the Trans Flag and saying a few words. Join us all in demonstrating our support for the community. *Family Friendly
Friday, March 24th - Friday, March 31, Grand Rapids
Over 90 businesses and organizations in Grand Rapids will be proudly flying the trans flag all week long in solidarity! These flags represent supportive community organizations and safe spaces. See below for the full list.
Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church
Sunday, March 26th 10am 3864 Benjamin, N.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
Ember Kelley, RMCC Clergy Intern, will be delivering the sermon on Trans Visibility *Family Friendly
Children & Family Reading Hour At Books & Mortar
Sunday, March 26th 2-3pm Books & Mortar, 955 Cherry Street SE - Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
]Bring your children down to hear the stories "I Am Jazz" by Jessica Herthel, and "Red: A Crayon's Story" by Michael Hall. *Family Friendly Facebook Event
#StandWithGavin #StandWithTrans Capitol Rally
Tuesday, March 28th 10am-12pm Michigan State Capitol, 110 N Capitol Ave, Lansing 48933
It's more important than ever that we stand together and fight for comprehensive nondiscrimination protection at the local, state, and federal level. If you #StandWithTrans in support of laws that bar discrimination based on gender identity and expression. If you want to #ShowUp4TransYouth and stand against the attack on the rights of trans students in school. And, yes, if you #StandWithGavin as he continues to fight for all trans students through the federal courts. *Family Inclusive Facebook Event
TDOV: Stories of Stealth, Activism, and Positivity
Thursday, March 30 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm. SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
\Amidst the fear and hatred in the world, the transgender community is thriving and that is something worth celebrating. On the eve of TDOV, join us for a night of celebration and entertainment. Hear inspiring stories from our trans siblings, and learn about the positive work happening in the community. *Family Inclusive, Mild adult language may be used by some of the speakers. Facebook Event
GR Pride Center & GR Trans Foundation FridayFundraiser
Friday, March 31st 5pm-8pm Apartment Lounge, 33 Sheldon Blvd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
March 31st is TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY. Join us at the Apartment Lounge's Friday fundraiser event benefitting Grand Rapids Pride Center and the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation. Come out and show your personal Pride, commitment to end discrimination, and solidarity with the Trans Community. 50/50 Raffle and more with hors d'oeuvres provided by West Michigan Caterer. 21+ Only Facebook Event
Please consider donating to both GRAND RAPIDS PRIDE CENTER and GRAND RAPIDS TRANS FOUNDATION
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