Today is Trans Day of Visibility, an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. Today, and every day, we embrace our trans and non-binary university community members and celebrate your lives and stories. This day is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. The Pride Resource Center, Student Disability Center, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center and Ram Events are hosting a keynote this evening by Kay Ulanday Barrett titled More Than Organs: Beyond Resilience, exploring the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, transgender community, and disability.
While we celebrate milestones like Rachel Levine, Assistant Health Secretary, becoming the first openly transgender official ever confirmed by the Senate, we also acknowledge the current number of anti-trans legislation in multiple states limiting access to medical and healthcare, sports and recreation, and use of pronouns. Visibility is crucial for this community, and visibility can also contribute to increased targeting through violence and anti-trans legislation. So this day of Visibility serves as a time to re-focus and take action to support trans people’s ability to live fully as themselves. In the midst of so much discrimination, it is especially important that we make space and amplify stories of trans joy, love, freedom, and expression.
Many folks at CSU continue to work on making our trans community feel valued and supported. To learn more and access resources visit:
- PRIDE Resource Center
- Health Network Transgender Care
- Campus Recreation Inclusive Rec
- Fort Collins and Colorado trans resources list
- Tips for Supporting Transgender People
- Send a love letter to the CSU trans community
- Pronouns and Gender Inclusive Language presentation
Blanche Hughes and Roe Bubar
Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Vice President for Diversity