International Trans Day of Visibility is a day to celebrate the triumphs and and discuss the challenges and transphobia faced by the trans and gender diverse community.
Across Victoria, trans and gender diverse young people are making waves in arts, politics, the community sector, and many other areas.
We spoke with Key Change Choir chorister Daisy (she/her), Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta artist ENOKi (they/them) and YDAS youth worker Safe (he/they) on what this day means to them.
The video below is captioned; alternatively, read the transcript below.
♫ Key Change Choir signing 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers plays ♫
Hi! My name is Daisy, my pronouns are she/her and I am a chorister in the Key Change Choir. Key Change is an entirely trans and gender diverse choir. There's a lot of room to be yourself, both as a chorister and as a person. There's just so much love and so much community, and just so many great things.
My name is Enoki and I'm a Djaara and Yorta Yorta Blakfella based here in Naarm. It's Trans Day of Visibility and for me that means taking up space; especially as like a non-binary Blakfella, I feel that we kind of don't get that representation that we need and deserve. For myself, being around other trans and gender diverse people definitely brings me a lot of hope.
My name is Safe. My pronouns are he/him or they/them, and I am a youth worker at Youth Disability Advocacy Services. I actually came out as trans on Trans Day of Visibility in 2020. So it's like a big nostalgic day for me, and it just symbolises the fact that we get to exist, and we get to live - not always in tragedy, but in joy and in love and we get to see ourselves and we get to see ourselves having a future. I genuinely love being trans. I think it's the coolest thing ever.