Although The International Transgender Day of Visibility had small beginnings when it was started by Michigan activist Rachel Crandall-Crocker, in its almost 10-year life it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Now, Crandall-Crocker is
“A statewide event is really what I’m aiming for. I want to have a calendar of events all over Michigan,” Crandall-Crocker said. “Grand Rapids does a great visibility week, and they’re partly responsible for inspiring me to do a whole month. On visibility day, they’re having someone drive down to my area, pick me up and drive me all the way to Grand Rapids, and I’m the main speaker for their event.”
1.) Youth Event: Trans Day of Visbility
March 31, 5 to 9 p.m.
Affirmations 290 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. 248-398-7105. goaffirmations.org.
Youth ages 13 to 20, come to participate in karaoke, treats and have treats. Friends are welcome, too. For questions, contact Roz Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2.) Transgender Day of Visibility — Flagship Event
March 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
Five15 Royal Oak 600 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak.
Transgender Michigan invites you to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility. There will be an open mic, poetry, storytelling, music and more.
Refreshments available from Five15.
3.) Trans Week of Visibility Kick-Off & Fundraiser
From March 23 through 31.
March 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Apartment Lounge 33 Sheldon Blvd. NE, Grand Rapids
Join the Grand Rapids Pride Center the Apartment Lounge’s Friday fundraiser event benefiting both itself and the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation. Come out and show your personal Pride, commitment to end discrimination, and solidarity with the Trans Community. 50/50 Raffle and more. 21+ Only.
A full list of the week-long events can be found online at grpride.org/tdov/
4.) Trans Day of Visibility Art/Open Mic.
March 30, 6 p.m.
Trimpe Hall/Multicultural Center, Kalamazoo.
In celebration of the Transgender Day of Visibility, the Western Michigan University Office of LGBT Student Servicies will host an event featuring local art and an open mic.
5.) As One: An Opera About The Transgender Experience
Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
If you miss the celebrations during the week, not to worry. APEX Contemporary Performance and Kerrytown Concert House will present Kathleen Kelly’s “As One,” to reflect a transgender person’s path to self-acceptance. Post-performance on April 6, members of the production will lead a “talk-back” session with the audience about the opera.