Making a stand with trans and gender diverse communities on the Trans Day of Visibility 2023
To mark the 2023 Trans Day of Visibility on Friday 31 March, on this day and every other day, Living Positive Victoria stands against the active and deliberate hate speech directed at trans and gender diverse communities within the context of the current climate.
LPV CEO Richard Keane says that “this time of tumult requires us to be visible and present in our allyship, not only for trans and gender diverse members of our HIV community, but for all of our valued friends and allies in the TDG community and I encourage all of our trans and gender diverse members and allies to join me in attending Friday’s Trans Day of Visibility event hosted by Transgender Victoria at the Fitzroy Town Hall.
I cannot help but draw significant correlations between the homophobia experienced in those hard early years of HIV and AIDS in the 1980’s and 90’s and the devastating transphobia we are witnessing today. Hearing the fear, ignorance and ‘moral’ concerns spoken from the safety of cis gender religious and political privilege should trigger and remind all of us living with HIV to prick up our ears and to stand in solidarity.
In 2023, as visible allies, we celebrate the individual and collective bravery of the trans community that remains foundational in framing this, the critical social movement of our time.
You are loved and you are valued.”
For this year’s Trans Day of Visibility all of the community is invited to make a show of support by attending these events:
Trans Day of Visibility Event, Friday March 31, 4 – 7 pm : Transgender Victoria, The Ewing Trust and Yarra Libraries present a special event celebrating Trans Day of Visibility at Fitzroy Town Hall. This drop-in event features a clothes swap, a workshop on changing your ID, a youth space, stalls from various trans and gender diverse service providers and our Trans Makers Market stall. Register to attend here.
Reclaim the Streets and stand with our trans and gender-diverse communities on Friday March 31, 5.30pm at the State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne. This Friday, reclaim the streets and show your pride, everywhere, every day.
We encourage those impacted to seek support from the following key agencies:
Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse people.
Zoe Belle Gender Collective
A trans and gender diverse led advocacy organisation
An online peer led Alternatives to suicide support group for trans people of all genders across Australia.
A national mental health charity.
1800 187 263
A digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW.
Mental wellbeing support, advice and action.
1300 224 636
An LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
1800 184 527