This Sunday March 31 marks International Trans Day of Visibility 2019, with events being held around the country to celebrate the day.
Every year, Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV) helps to raise awareness of discrimination still faced by trans people around the world, while also celebrating trans pride and recognising trans and gender diverse experiences and achievements.
Some events have already taken place in the lead up to March 31, with several more planned for the day including Transgender Victoria’s full day of #BeSeen events at Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne.
Earlier on Sunday, a rally will be held outside the State Library of Victoria at 1:30pm “to speak out and make our resistance visible”.
At 6pm on Monday April 1, We Are Union Pride and United for Marriage Equality will co-host an information session around rights at work as a trans or gender diverse worker, featuring Transgender Victoria’s Sally Goldner.
Capacity is limited so RSVPing is required to attend. The session, held at the Victoria Trades Hall, is open to trans and gender diverse folks, allies, workers and non-workers alike.
Trans Action Warrang and Pride in Protest are hosting a rally at The Hub in Newtown on March 31, including a march down King St and featuring trans speakers and performers.
The organisers say they planned the rally to give a platform to “trans people talking about the issues impacting on trans people” and to move towards “meaningful action to improve trans rights”.
The rally will be followed by the last Cult Sundays night at Secret Garden Bar in Enmore, the final weekly instalment of an event created to provide a “safe space for trans and gender diverse artists, to showcase their arts, experiment, and to come together.”
The Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA) Queer Collective is hosting a Q&A panel from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday April 3 at The Glasshouse inside Bar on the Hill.
NUSA Queer Collective has invited allies of the trans and gender diverse community and future health care professionals to attend.
Snacks (including vegan and gluten free options) will be provided, and a submission portal has been set up for those who wish to ask a question anonymously or who cannot attend in person.
From 11am on Sunday Queensland Transgender Network will be hosting a family-friendly BBQ event at New Farm Park, with sausages (including a vegan option) and bread and some drinks provided.
From 9am to 12pm on Sunday, TransFolk of WA are hosting an interactive arts fair, celebrating diversity, inclusivity and body positivity.
Held at the Mary St Piazza in Highgate, the fair will also feature information stalls, and face-painting and garden games for kids.
On Monday April 1, A Gender Agenda will host a panel featuring trans and gender diverse speakers discussing the trans experience at Woden Library at 6:30pm.
TransMasc SA has arranged a community picnic on Sunday, starting at 1pm, inviting TransFem SA and Parents of Gender Diverse Children to the event.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic rug, chairs, a hat and sunscreen, a game, and snacks and drinks if desired (and are asked to note allergy information if bringing something to share).