Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility on March 31

Belinda Brain, Eli Gray, Rhani Dean-Talbett, Sherene Clow will be celebrating Trans Day of Visibility. (Supplied)

Elsie Lange

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health (SCCH) is encouraging local organisations to help celebrate Trans Day of Visibility in whatever way they can.

Trans Day of Visibility, on March 31, is a commemoration of the achievements of the transgender, gender diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) community, acknowledging the experiences of transgender people, the difficulties they face, and exploring what can be done as allies.

SCCH actively works to support LGBTIQA+ communities across the Macedon Ranges and would like to see organisations mark the day by taking positive actions, including showing supportive signage, posting to social media, and engaging a TGDNB person to educate staff.

SCCH chief executive Julie Landy said recent discourse around legal protections for TGDNB young people and sport participation can negatively impact wellbeing.

“Affirmative support for TGDNB people from family, friends, workplaces, schools and the broader community, is vital for maintaining good mental health,” Ms Landy said.

“As a health service with a long and proud history of working alongside community members from the LGBTIQA+ community, we recognise that the discrimination and marginalisation that TGDNB people experience increases their risk of poor mental health outcomes, and also creates barriers to accessing services.”

Eli Gray, lead organiser for Trans and Gender Diverse Central Victoria, said the day highlights the importance of community connection, which is “invaluable for positive mental health”.

Details: tdov.org.au/.