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Today marks the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility,
a day meant to highlight and celebrate the resilience and success of transgender
and nonbinary people, and to raise awareness of transgender rights.

Transgender Day of Visibility was founded by activist Rachel Crandall in 2009.
At that time, the only major trans-centered commemoration was the
Transgender Day of Remembrance in November, which mourns the victims of
hate crimes and violence. Because there was no holiday in existence dedicated to honoring the achievements and contributions of transgender people,
Crandall was inspired by that fact, and Transgender Day of Visibility was born!

What can you do to honor Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)? One way is by recommitting yourself to trans inclusion, and a great place to start is by making sure to use pronouns and gendered language that affirm each trans and nonbinary person’s identity. This is something that we all can be more mindful of and educate ourselves on, even us "PFLAGgers"!
For example, Rakhel Silverman, a Chapter Engagement Coordinator with PFLAG National, is nonbinary and uses they/them pronounsRakhel has published a great article for TDOV about their experiences being misgendered, with helpful tips on how to be a better ally so that we are welcoming and affirming to all people, anywhere that LGBTQ+ people learn, work, play, pray, and live.

In addition, check out these resources from PFLAG National that will help you along the way:

So, did you get a chance to watch the short film, Becoming Johanna, at our special screening event last night in honor of TDOV? If not, then hopefully you'll get a chance to when it airs on PBS this coming June in celebration of Pride Month!

In the meantime, you can check out the trailer and see what other films are available from the director of this film, Jonathan Skurnik, by visiting his website, The Youth & Gender Media Project.

In addition, PFLAG National hosted a great Q&A last night with the film's director, along with Joel Baum of Gender Spectrum, and the film's star, Johanna! Just visit PFLAG National's YouTube channel for a video of the half-hour Q&A!
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