International Trans Day of Visibility is celebrated and observed today, March 31st! Trans Day of Visibility acknowledges the contributions made by people within the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-diverse communities. It is important to celebrate and support trans folks EVERY DAY. We certainly didn’t want to miss this opportunity to amplify some of our favorite plus size trans creators and activists!
Check out this list of inspiring and endlessly cool trans creatives and changemakers that you should know (if you didn’t already)!
11 Plus Size Trans Influencers and Activists You Should Be Following
This list of amazing trans changemakers is just the tip of the iceberg! Be sure to follow them all and continue to support and be an ally to the transgender community!
Want To Know Of Some Other Ways You Can Be Of Support?
Continue to educate yourself.
Take time to learn about the trans experience and visit websites like TransEquality.org. They have extensive resources about trans folks and can likely answer any questions you may have or maybe enlighten you with information you may not have even thought about. It is important to seek this information on your own and not rely on your trans friends/family/acquaintances as a sole resource (aka google is free).
Speak out in support of transgender people and transgender rights.
This one is major! Be vocal and consistent about your support of trans people and the issues that directly affect them. Politely correct others if they use the wrong name or pronoun for a transgender person. It is super important to challenge anti-transgender conversations and “jokes.” It can be intimidating to speak out, but visible and vocal support for transgender rights can show transgender people that they are accepted, encourage other allies to speak out, and help change the minds of people who aren’t supportive of transgender people.
Think about how you use gendered language.
This one may take a bit of practice because, as a society, we are so ingrained in seeing things in such a binary way. We have to remember that someone’s appearance doesn’t always align with their gender identity. Normalize stating your own pronouns and asking others for their pronouns to learn how to address them properly and respectfully. If you make a mistake and use incorrect pronouns, simply apologize, correct yourself and move on. Soon enough, stating your pronouns and asking people’s pronouns will become second nature.
Learn about policies affecting transgender people.
We can make a difference just by paying attention to policies in places like our workplace, school, gym, etc. Find out if the spaces you frequent have trans-inclusive policies. If you notice something that is exclusionary, point it out! Advocate for change. Make sure that trans people feel safe and welcome in any and all spaces.
Call your elected officials.
While we can effect change on a smaller scale, we can also make a major difference on a grander scale as allies, as well! We must reach out to our local and nationally elected officials and demand change. Demand trans-inclusive laws be set, to end anti-trans discrimination.
Right now, Arkansas just passed a horribly anti-trans bill to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth. In addition to Arkansas, Alabama and South Dakota are also pushing for restrictions on gender-affirming care. Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi have also signed trans-athlete bans into law.
Call them to let them know that anti-trans legislation is unacceptable!
How do you use your voice to be an ally to trans people? Do you know of any other incredible plus size trans creators that we may have missed? Please let us know in the comments!