Trans Day of Visibility / Easter Sunday

Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about transgender people. 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.

This year TDOV also happens to fall on Easter Sunday.

“The resurrection story holds for 2SLGBTQ+ people of faith the ultimate promise and truth: God is constantly coming out for your love and your personhood. And God knows intimately the ways it aches when those around us deny us of our rights to be human and in relationship to each other.  

Resurrection this Easter Sunday can look like uplifting not just the disparities trans and non-binary siblings are facing, but offering space for their gifts from God to be celebrated.  

For TDOV this year, I’m reflecting on what it means for trans siblings to resurrect into their joy — right here, right now — on this earth. For trans siblings to no longer be tucked in a tomb, forced to wear clothing that doesn’t share who they are through and through. No longer tucked in a tomb, forced to hide their names and pronouns for fear of being bullied. No longer tucked in a tomb, forced to adhere to legislation attempting to disembody the Imago Dei within them.  

This year, for TDOV, Easter’s resurrection is a rainbow of queer joy and resistance. Easter’s resurrection is an invitation and reminder that when God came out for humanity in full love, God meant every single one of us.”

Quotations taken from the United Church of Christ’s Minister for Gender and Sexuality Justice Ministries, Rachael Ward’s reflection: