Trans Day of Visibility was started by Rachel Crandall in 2009 as a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.

For Trans Day of VisibilityEquality for Health, Education, & Rights (Equality for HER) has created this image to show some basic steps you can take toward being an ally and demonstrating respect toward members of the trans community.

Trans/Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.

  1. Do not out people as trans without the trans person’s express consent.
  2. Be an ally
  3. If you don’t know which pronoun to use, ask.
  4. Educate yourself about trans people and listen to trans individuals.
  5. Respect and properly use the terminology a transgender person uses to describe their identity.
  6. Respect the lived experiences of trans people.

Be mindful that this is not at all a comprehensive list. Being a good ally requires additional work. Visibility is a great starting point but it does not solve the inequities, discrimination, and violence faced by trans folks everyday. The following organizations are dedicated to improving the lives, opportunities, access to healthcare, education and employment of trans people. You can be an ally by donating to the efforts of these amazing organizations.

Resources and Organizations


Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center

Somos La Casa De Tod@s 

Casa Ruby is the only Bilingual Multicultural LGBT Organization providing life saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community.

Trans Women of Color Collective

“Every breath a trans person of color takes is an act of revolution.”

Uplifting the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans people of color.

National Center for Trans Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.