Voices of Trans Joy

Voices of Trans Joy

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV), which is observed on March 31, was first established by Rachel Crandall-Crocker in 2009. Appreciating the importance of the Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), Crandall-Crocker was missing a day of celebration for her community:

“I wanted a day that we can celebrate the living, and I wanted a day that all over the world we could be all together.” Crandall-Crocker said. Read the story on PBS.

Visibility can be ambivalent for the trans community. Often trans people and their concerns are rendered invisible, even within the LGBTQ community. At the same time, trans people become hyper-visible in current legislation and political and religious attacks. That is why it is important to support forms of visibility and celebration that trans people choose for themselves.  

Following this spirit, the SNEUCC wants to use the occasion to highlight again the voices of trans youth we collected for the TDoR last year. They are a testimony to the joy and faith these trans and non-binary people share and we want to give them the platform and recognition they deserve. May it be a sign of celebration and resistance in times like these.  

View the photos and stories of trans joy here.


Michael Streib

Michael is the Queer Justice Advocate for the Southern New England Conference UCC, and pastoral resident at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Somerville, MA

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