Written by Keegan James, President of Fierté Simcoe Pride.
Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is an annual international holiday dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the accomplishments and lives of Two-Spirit, trans, gender non-conforming and gender diverse people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save, protect and honor trans lives. Find more info about the day at: tdov.org.
Fierté Simcoe Pride is a small local non-profit organization, comprised mostly of youth. We believe in the power of local community and the strength founded in our roots, as well as the history and politics involved in the Pride movement. Our organization is proof of this, comprised of local volunteers dedicated to running events and creating support systems in community. We work to honor the activists who are at the forefront of community work daily, and the trans and gender diverse folk who are living their best lives - and in doing so inspire the work that is done worldwide. We work to honor, and wish to celebrate, these grassroots movements and local queer community on TDOV and every other day of the year.
There are so many individuals, trans community workers and members alike, not featured here who are hitting the pavement and fighting the good fight. This is just our way of spotlighting the work of some - and we send our appreciation, support and resilient spirit out to all our trans and gender-diverse community members.
Especially in the midst of a pandemic and global grief, there are reasons to celebrate - be it the work being done, or just the pure magic of trans and gender diverse joy. So here are some of the local folks you nominated to be included in this years post.
We would also like to honor that the land on which we do this work is situated in the territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg peoples. We are thankful for the generations of work that have gone into these lands and the history we have to build upon. As a Board of settlers and Indigenous people, we are thankful and humbled to continue to reside and work in these territories.
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