The Transgender Day of Visibility or TDOV is an annual observance held on March 31st to celebrate transgender people and raise awareness about the discrimination and challenges they face. The day was first celebrated in 2009 and was created by Rachel Crandall, a transgender activist from Michigan, in response to the lack of visibility and recognition of transgender people in mainstream media and society.
Transgender individuals and those who identify as LGBTQIA+ often experience higher rates of mental health issues, and increased rates of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness compared to the general population. This is largely due to the discrimination, stigma, and lack of acceptance they may face in society.
Our goal in this webinar is to deepen our understanding of these issues and explore ways in which we can support the transgender community in its fight for equality and dignity. We will hear from a range of experts and activists, who will share their insights, experiences, and strategies for advocacy and allyship.
Below are highlights from the session:
My name is Alicia Pinelli, RSW, MSW and I identify as a queer person with lived experience. After going through my own recovery journey, wishing I had practitioners who understood what it was like on the service user side, I decided to dedicate my life to uplifting and supporting others through unique, personalized mental health services. I recognize that not every practitioner will fulfill what you need, and that is okay! I am here to help the best that I can, whether that is moving alongside you throughout your counselling journey, or helping to find the best referral fit. We don’t always need to know how or where to begin, we just have to start and when you’re ready, I’ll be waiting!
Aime Hutton is a true miracle survivor. Being born 3 months early was just the start of the challenges Aime has overcome in her lifetime. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta Canada, as a Youth Diversity Advisor, Aime facilitates trainings, programs, live experiences, and workshops that educate and promote/create safe spaces at school and in the community. Aime also mentor’s young teen girls (age 11 - 14) privately 1:1 to build their own courage, their true voice, and trust in themselves. As a 5-time international best-selling author/compiler Aime shares hope, healing, and inspiration through her writing. Aime sits on the Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board with the Calgary Police Service, and she represents Alberta on the National Network for Mental Health Alliance Board.