Trans Day of Visibility, an internet holiday that celebrates and showcases transgender individuals, is celebrated annually on March 31. It is the one day a year dedicated to trans people sharing their stories and being seen and heard for their identities, for what has made them who they are.
Trans visibility is important for multiple reasons. For one, it aids in normalizing the existence of trans people and our experiences. With more people talking about their transitions and experiences being trans, coming out and being out seems a lot less daunting.
Visibility is important for those who are unsure of their gender identity, so they can see that there are options aside from cisgender (or, your gender assigned to you at birth). Visibility of other trans people alleviates some stress and pressure in one’s own coming out journey. Visibility can help someone who is trans realize that a lot sooner, too; if someone doesn’t have out and visible people like them to look to, or even just the knowledge of people like them existing, they have no way of knowing what their feelings or hunches mean, or they may not feel safe expressing them.
Additionally, visibility is important for cisgender people, especially parents and guardians, to see that it is okay and perfectly normal and acceptable for their child or other children in their lives to be trans and/or questioning their identity. It also gives parents some insight into their child’s identity if they are trans, and eases the transition experience on all fronts. Trans kids face a lot of adversity and flack for their identities, in part because their family and other adults are generally unaware or uninformed on issues such as these.
While it is just one day a year, Trans Day of Visibility is so incredibly important for trans people and those in their lives.
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Hi, my name is Elliot, and I am a trans man. I came out as trans in August 2019, but I’ve known I am trans since 2014. It has been a rough several months, but it has also been rewarding, and I wouldn’t change my experiences or my identity for anything. I am out, and I am proud. I, and others like me, are going to continue to be out and proud; trans people are not going anywhere.
COVID-19 got you down? Feeling unmotivated after being sent home from school? Not able to go outside for long periods of time or hang out with friends? Me, too. Here are some ways I’ve been keeping busy while social distancing.
- Read the Book You’ve Always Been Interested In: This is a great time to read the book you always meant to read but always made excuses as to why you couldn’t. Reading is a great way to keep your mind stimulated while sitting at home for extended periods of time. It’s also a great way to seem more educated and shock your parents.
- Make Your Way Through the List of Movies and Shows People Have Told You to Watch: We all have shows and movies we have been told we simply MUST watch, so why not try to make a dent in the list while you have the time? Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime and HBO GO are just a few streaming services you can check out.
- Try out the Recipes You Have Saved on Pinterest: Anyone who has a Pinterest has seen at least one recipe they were somewhat intrigued about, and now is the perfect time to to try them out. Worst-case scenario, it doesn’t taste good, but best-case scenario, you now have something to snack on while reading or watching shows.
- Do Some At-Home Workouts or Go for a Walk Around Your Neighborhood: Doing at-home workouts is a great way to get your blood pumping when you start to feel restless. Taking a walk outside and getting some much needed air and sunlight in the process is also a great way to do this.
- Reorganize or Redecorate Your Room: Now is the perfect time to clean and reorganize your space, especially since most of us are now primarily confined to it. Making small changes to the space you are in can contribute to making you feel more comfortable in that space.
- Discover New Music: Finding new artists is a great way to spice up your daily life in an easy but big way. New music can give you a sense of change in this relatively boring time.
- Self-care: Whether self-care means doing face masks or dyeing your hair, do whatever you need to do to unwind in this stressful climate.
- Pick up a New Skill: Much like number 7, this can vary from person to person. Whether it’s sewing or learning how to ride a bike, now is a great time to pick up some new skills to pass the time.
- Sleep and Meditate: More than anything, now is a time to take care of yourself. Do not feel pressured to be overly productive. If you need to sleep, then do that. Meditation and sleep are great ways to unwind.
- Learn TikTok Dances and Have a Dance Party: Now that you have done number 6 and discovered new music, you can have a dance party. You can learn dances from TikTok or just freestyle. Having a dance party with the people you live with or by yourself is a great way to let loose and let out the pent-up energy you might have.
In these uncertain times of COVID-19, many people are left stressed and with an abundance of time on their hands. With these 10 movies, you will not only fill some time but also get your mind off of all of the hectic craze.
- Donnie Darko: This twisted and dark film takes place in 1988 and centers around a young Jake Gyllenhaal essentially losing his mind. It’s full of meaning and is certain to leave you with more questions at the end than you began with.
- Stand By Me: There are so many wonderful things to be said about this movie. A gang of kids, a dead body and an intense pie-eating contest? It has everything necessary for a great film. It’s as classic as it is heartwarming, and it’s the perfect movie to cuddle up with.
- Booksmart: Known as the “’female ‘Superbad,’” this movie showcases two whip-smart seniors on their last night of high school, determined to go to at least one party before graduating. It’s the perfect coming-of-age film that’s sure to provide lots of laughs.
- Mid90s: Written and directed by Jonah Hill, this movie takes a look into the daily lives of a crew of skateboarding teenagers in — you guessed it — the mid-90s. It’s raw and real and will make you feel nostalgic for an era you may not have even lived through.
- Slumdog Millionaire: On the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” a young Dev Patel answers every question correctly and is thus accused of cheating. As he recounts his life, he is able to prove how he knows the answers to them all. As a Best Picture Academy Award winner, it’s a good one that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
- Knives Out: “Knives Out” is a recent mystery hit. Centered around a family’s murdered father, they search for answers anywhere they can, tearing each other apart in the process. It’s a fun watch and challenges you to figure out each clue.
- Little Miss Sunshine: Oh, the beauty of a dysfunctional family. In this movie, a family takes a long and disjointed road trip for the youngest to achieve her beauty pageant dreams. It’s dark and witty, and helps restore your faith in people just a bit more.
- Bicycle Thieves: The only foreign film of this list, “Bicycle Thieves” is the highlight of Italian neorealism. Its glimpse into the reality of a working class Italian is in many ways gorgeous and heartbreaking. This film proves that even unhappy endings can lead to an incredible movie.
- The Truman Show: An essential for anyone staying home, this movie will definitely make you question your entire world. It’s a show better left without any explanation, so hop into it and let it wash over you.
- Apocalypse Now!: Watching a movie about the Vietnam War may seem like the opposite of a fun time right now, but “Apocalypse Now!” is unlike any other war movie. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, it follows the journey of a Captain set to find a Colonel gone rogue in the jungles of Vietnam. It’s a long watch that’s well worth it.
The Weeknd has returned with the launch of a new era with his latest album “After Hours.” Two years after his EP “My Dear Melancholy,” Abel released his most realized album to date — a brand-new album to listen to during these tough times.
It was a smart move to release new music because not only does it boost music sales on his end, but it gives his listeners something to listen to while being on lockdown. The Weeknd said “let music heal” and that’s exactly what this album has been doing.
“After Hours” emphasizes The Weeknd’s tendency to maintain his solipsistic hedonist character’s role. It’s no secret that all of his records hold a mixture of masochist and sadistic passive-aggressiveness and sexiness. However, “After Hours” mixes all of those things with an added hint of romantic desolation, psychedelic wooshes and cinematic flare, all while staying true to his R&B roots.
The opening track, “Alone Again,” is smoldered in an ominous and hollow tone that is syncopated with The Weeknd’s voice. “Alone Again” sets the mood for the rest of the album, which is why it’s clear that the rest will be the most bare and vulnerable we have seen him. Like “Alone Again,” the song “Too Late” continues this theme of despair by showcasing Abel’s own destruction in a self pity-party, mourning a relationship that was ruined by his own self-indulgence and making himself look like a self-loathing villain.
Musically, “After Hours” is the perfect balance of cinematic narrative, dream pop and R&B. “After Hours” is the most different from any of The Weeknd’s albums because we finally get to witness the singer learn how to feel without the use of sex and drugs. On this album, Abel allows himself to become tender and vulnerable as he picks up the remainders of a failed relationship. Although this is definitely a post-breakup autopsy, and it’s meant to be raw and emotional, it is definitely the most unguarded we have seen Abel thus far.
The Weeknd is no longer the addict he once was in his “Trilogy,” but he’s also not the partner women want him to be. However, he is continuing to evolve and reinvent himself and knows how to keep the fans hooked. Whether it be in a world of filling voids through sex, drugs and romance, the universe of The Weeknd is just getting started with torture, melancholia and a drunken, disastrous love. That is the wonderful haze of “After Hours.”