"Unlike the Transgender Day Of Remembrance that takes place
later in the year, this is not about mourning the innumerable
lives we've lost.
"This is about the ones who made
"The ones who managed, every single day, to
rise from bed and face a world designed to keep them as it
"This day is about the trans people who
have changed society for the rest of us, and for those of us
whose very lives are an act of defiance.
"Transgender Day Of Visibility is about showing those still
terrified of revealing who they are that they too have a future â
and it can be a bright one."
-- Lee Hurley,
2017-03-31 (yes, a few hours ago)
And speaking of having been terrified to reveal who one
"I've known I was transgender since I was three-years-old.
I knew a girl called Patricia and I decided I wanted to be known
by that name but it didn't stick.
was never totally unhappy. I always made the most of things and
looked on the bright side of things. I've always had a wicked
sense of humour.
"The atmosphere [around being
transgender] was not safe. People did not understand what
"Because of the general
hostility of people I kept quiet. It wasn't until recently that I
felt safe to come out and I felt an overwhelming desire that I
wanted to break free. So I came out and I've not regretted
-- Patricia Davies, quoted in an article by
Joseph Patrick McCormick at PinkNews,
"WWII veteran comes out as transgender aged 90: 'I've known since
I was 3'", 2017-03-29
Two more paragraphs from the article, that illustrate the
importance of visibility in media:
"She said she saw a television programme in the 1970s about
a man who wanted to wear women's clothes, but that even then she
had never heard the word transgender."
she saw the BBC series Boy Meets Girl, which encouraged her to
come out as transgender, and she is now a member of the Beaumont
[I found several articles about Ms. Davies,
but they all seem to be reworkings of the same first article.
Despite all appearing to be based on the same initial report, a
difference between them leapt out at me: names. In some
publications, the writer or editor appropriately decided that Ms.
Davies former given-name was not important to the story. Others
led with her current name but mentioned her birth-name
parenthetically. (Why would any of us who didn't know her
before, who never heard of her until now, want or need to know a
name that we will never have any reason to refer to her by?)
And still others started right off by
her. (*grrr*). Her
deadname adds no more understanding to the current story or
her backstory, tells us nothing more about who she is.]