Stunning illustrations for Trans Awareness Day

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March 31st is a worldwide day of celebration of the trans experience, more commonly known as International Day of Transgender Visibility. The failure of many people to understand what has been considered part of the trans experience revolves around trans men and women. However, non-binary people, those who are genderqueer, two-spirited and the like all fall under this umbrella. As part of this happy day, many trans artists took to Twitter and other social media sites to share some of their works under #TDOV and #TransDayOfVisibility – so of course we had to share!

Trans Visibility Day was founded by trans activist Rachel Crandall in 2009. She created the day because until then there was no happy day associated with the trans experience. The only day not shared with other members of the queer community was Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), which exists to observe those who have been murdered because of transphobia. Now, with Transgender Awareness Day, life and happiness are celebrated around the world.

The artwork at the top belongs to character designer, colorist and illustrator, Eren Enrica Angiolini. They founded the Art Ventuting Guild for tabletop roleplaying game enthusiasts to access art resources. After seeing all the artwork here, be sure to check it out and engage with the amazing work of these artists, not just today but all year round!

While much of the artwork shared on Twitter today came from digital artists, trans creatives work in all art spaces, from video media and photography to fiber art and music.

While much of the talk surrounding the day is celebration and showcases the accomplishments of trans people, some also use the day to remind people how much work is still needed. This last part is critical because in the United States, (mostly) Republican-led efforts have resulted in the rollback of civil rights for trans people, including trans children and their families.

Follow the artists above for more gorgeous creations!

(via Twitter, photo: Eren Enrica Angiolini)

Here’s some other news we saw today:

  • the CST will soon allow gender-nonconforming passengers to mark ‘X’ on passports and are working on a gender-neutral AI algorithm to limit pat-downs. (via The week)
  • Netflix reveals that more than half of its users worldwide watch anime on the platform (via RBC)
  • First images circulate showing Regina King as Shirley Chisom in upcoming film Shirley (via Twitter)
  • What Transgender Awareness Day means for trans Texans this year (via The 19*)
  • Britsih Person examines Oscar Isaac’s accent in Disney+’s Moon Knight (via Gizmodo)

Happy Pre-Friday, Mary Suevians! What did you see online today?

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