In honor of our transgender community, Contra Costa County Library celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility, held each year on March 31st. As GLADD, the world’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization notes, “it is a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while also drawing attention to the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.”
Today, and all days, we share our support in the way libraries do: with booklists for all ages offering information and resources to support the transgender community, allies, and those who want to learn more, and through memoirs of transgender people, fiction, and poetry.
Contra Costa County Library’s partner, Rainbow Community Center, is celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility with a special program on March 31st, 4-6pm:
Transgender Day of Visibility is a day where unlike, Transgender Day of Remembrance, we celebrate our lives. It is a day we let the world know that we are present and accounted for. That you are not alone! That there are resources, programs and services out there for you!
It is a day we encourage the Transgender community to live vibrant and full lives. Our lives are beautiful and matter. Let's be Visible! Please RSVP to email@example.com for more information.
For more information and to support the transgender community:
The White House, A Proclamation on Transgender Day of Visibility: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2023/03/30/a-proclamation-on-transgender-day-of-visibility/
Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County builds community, equity, and well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQIA+) people & our allies: https://www.rainbowcc.org/
GLADD, the world’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization increases media accountability and community engagement that ensures authentic LGBTQ stories are seen, heard, and actualized: https://www.glaad.org/tdov
PFLAG, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them: https://pflag.org/transgender-day-of-visibility/
Stand with Trans is saving lives one person at a time, one day at a time. We help trans youth build resilience, gain confidence and find hope for a future filled with joy: https://standwithtrans.org/
Gender Spectrum is a national organization committed to the health and well-being of gender- diverse children and teens through education and support for families, and training and guidance for educators, medical and mental health providers, and other professionals: https://www.genderspectrum.org/
LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential: https://lgbt.foundation/
The Rainbow Round Table (RRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is committed to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA+) professional communities and population at large: https://www.ala.org/rt/rrt
Contra Costa County Bar Association connects the community to valuable legal resources and assistance: https://www.cccba.org/article/2020-update-of-a-brief-overview-of-the-transgender-employee-in-california-their-rights-in-the-workplace/
Contra Costa County Mental Health strives to create an effective, high quality integrated system to meet the needs of all residents of Contra Costa County. Any Contra Costa resident who experiences a mental or emotional crisis can get help from our Crisis Services. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: https://cchealth.org/mentalhealth/
Contra Costa County Gender Clinic for Transgender and Non-binary Patients: https://ccc.cchealth.org/centers/services-gc.php
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are experiencing a mental or emotional crisis, call our 24-hour Access Line at 1-888-678-7277 for mental health resources or the Contra Costa Crisis Center at 1-800-833-2900 for 24-hour crisis support.