#TransgenderDayOfVisibility is honored annually on March 31st as a day to bring awareness and education to fight against anti-trans discrimination and to honor our transgender friends in the community. All of us here at Compete Magazine honor our transgender friends and athletes but visibility is about so much more. There’s a lot each of us as an individual can do to fight discrimination of transgender people.
- -Be supportive. Openly Trans, USA National Team athlete Chris Mosier suggests sharing positive messages, highlight videos and stories of your favorite trans-athlete or person. Recognize their accomplishments and share their story, (with their consent of course.)
- -Fight against discrimination. Remember, hate only promotes hate. You can’t fight hate with more hate, but if you see or hear anti-trans actions, discrimination or violence, you can stand up to it and take action. Be especially mindful of transgender women and people of color who statistically are at an increased risk of violence.
- -Educate yourself. The best way us allies can best learn how to support our transgender friends is to learn more about them. Take the time to get to know transgender people in your community, get involved with community programs and causes make friends and don’t be afraid to ask, “what can I do to help?”
A few Trans-Athletes we’ve been following that you’ll want to keep your eyes on, check them out!
- Chris Mosier- Duathlon
- Mack Beggs- Wrestling
- Jill Bearden- Cycling
- Rachel McKinnon- Cycling
- Schuyler Bailer- Swimming
Keep your eyes open, because the next 5 years in sports will be defined by the rise of trans athletes across all sports and potentially at the Olympic Games.
By Dirk Smith