It’s the International Transgender Day of Visibility!
I’m not transgender, but… representation is important? Visibility is important. And hey, I’m not bisexual, either, but I wrote a post in 2014 about the Bisexual Day of Visibility too. It was mostly book recs and links to #bisexualsteverogers Tweets because I’m just awesome that way. And because I can’t speak from personal experience about bi or trans things – but I can help out by linking and directing people to things others have written about their lives and experiences.
So that’s what I’ll be doing today. Here are some of the coolest trans-related thingies I’ve found on the Internet during the past few weeks!
1. Here is a graphic with some statistics about transgender people. (The article that goes along with it is pretty neat, too.)
2. Here are some selfies people are posting on Twitter to celebrate #transdayofvisibility! SO. MANY. CUTE. PEOPLE.
3. On her blog, author Malinda Lo lists YA books by and about trans people.
4. I have some issues with the It Gets Better Project, but you know what? Laverne Cox’s video for IGB is flawless and so so so so important and did I mention yet that she’s basically my favoritest LGBTQ+ role model ever?!
5. THIS SERIES OF PHOTOS OF ELDERLY TRANSGENDER FOLKS IS THE BESTEST THING. Seriously. The average lifespan of a trans person is currently hovering in the early thirties, due to high rates of suicide and violent hate crime and… I don’t know, I was just kind of stunned when I looked at that article because I’d never seen an older transgender person before. And that’s not the way it should be. Selfies of teens and twentysomethings are nice, but there just isn’t a whole lot of representation in the media about life as a successful older trans person.
6. Here is a list from Autostraddle.com: 15 ways to support transgender people.
7. And from the same site, here’s a playlist of music by trans people – including my crush/favorite, Angel Haze! (Also, yes: I love Autostraddle. I adore it. Along with AfterEllen.com, it’s one of my fave websites written by and for queer women!)
8. I swear I was going to stop linking you to Autostraddle stuff, but I just can’t stop myself: Did you know that two-thirds of trans women are lesbians? (QUEER POWERS X 2!) Here’s an interesting article about their experiences.
9. And finally, here is an article (not from Autostraddle, for a change!) about the slow but steady progress in trans representation on TV.
Happy TDOV, and I hope everyone has a lovely evening!