The Importance of Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual international observance on March 31st dedicated to celebrating the lives and accomplishments of transgender people while raising awareness of the discrimination and violence they face. The day was first recognized in 2009 in response to the need for positive visibility for the transgender community, as well as to empower and inspire transgender people worldwide to live their authentic lives. Transgender Day of Visibility also aims to challenge cisgender (non-transgender) people to become allies in the struggle for transgender equality and to recognise the ongoing fight for transgender rights. 

Building an inclusive work environment and making it a safe space not only improves the care we provide for people accessing our services, but it also creates a culture of compassion and belonging for our colleagues. 

As a provider of healthcare services, it’s important that our teams can provide enhanced support to people with different lived experiences. Training is available to all our colleagues to expand their understanding of LGBT+ Gender Identity and we also have a colleague network, the LGBTQ+ Collective, who meet regularly to share information, experiences, ideas, and concerns. 

We are proud of how much we have developed and of our amazing teams that support people. However, it’s important to recognise that we are not there yet and there is still more to be done to make sure that the needs of LGBT+ folk are met.

Read how we are Supporting LGBT+ Communities in South East London

More information about the day with great resources and stories from people with lived experience can be found on the Stonewall webiste.