What is Transgender Day of Visibility?

Falling on March 31st each year, Transgender Day of Visibility is a worldwide day for transgender and other gender non-conforming people to celebrate their identities and to bring awareness to the issues they face in society. Despite increasing awareness of transgender people through traditional and social media, there is still a lot of misinformation, misunderstanding and discrimination out there. Transgender Day of Visibility gives them a chance to share their stories and experiences, and allows allies to show their support towards the trans people in their lives, as well as those worldwide.

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A while ago, I posted what I called a mind dump about my insecurities and fears about me beginning to look for new work as I’d left my previous job. There was a lot on my mind at the time, and I think the stress of needing to find a new job before my savings ran out added to those fears. Since then, around the middle of December, I started working again at a new job, and so far I’m loving it. The team that I’m training with are all amazing people and I feel like we’re all becoming great friends. I’m much more happy than I was at my old job, and the change was sorely needed.

However, it’s brought up a new and kind of unforeseen set of doubts and struggle in my mind – “do they know?”.

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“Him”. The unspoken one. He who must not be named. No, I’m not talking about Voldemort, though that would be kinda cool. No, I’m talking about his less evil cousin – the person who I was before beginning my transition. The old me who was the caretaker of my body for a good 32 years before I finally acknowledged my true self.

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This is the second part to my coming out story, so if you haven’t checked out the first part yet, you can find find it here.

So we left off when I was a very early teenager and was confused and didn’t really know why. Well, that’s not entirely true. I knew something was up, I had a slight idea it had something to do with my gender, but being so long ago, and so isolated from a more open-minded community, I simply dismissed it as something normal that people just feel sometimes. So that’s what I did – I treated it as just “one of those things” and didn’t pay much more mind to it, and even succeeded for a few years.

The next time I remember my gender coming up was when I was around sixteen or seventeen. I’d stayed the night at my girlfriends house, and the next day I didn’t have school. She did though, and her mother worked, so I was left in their house alone. So I did what any other teenage boy would do on a day off from school – completely ignored my homework in favour of messing around on the computer and watching daytime TV.

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This is more a mind dump than one of my usual posts, but I think it does give a bit of insight into what goes on in my mind, and probably the minds of other transgender people as well.

So, tomorrow is an interesting day for me. I have a job interview, and I’m equal parts excited and terrified. Excited, because this is an awesome new experience and opportunity for me, and terrified because this is the first time I’ll be interviewing, or doing anything especially “important” as Sera.

I was extremely lucky in that when I first came out as transgender; I was already working, and that the people I worked with were unquestioningly supportive of me and my transition. They were accommodating of changing my name and pronouns, being there to listen and help when things got difficult, and were patient and understanding when the hormones were messing with my mental state.

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