Trans Visibility Day Resources

Although I want to point out that the continued use of ocular metaphors is unappealing, I also want to acknowledge the significance of Trans Visibility Day itself and suggest some resources that should interest the philosophical community. (For a critique of the very idea of trans visibility from trans historian of colour Jules Gill Peterson, go here:

Sections of UK MAP will be running a Summer School on July 11 and 12 “by and for” trans philosophers. The School will take place at the University of Edinburgh. Here is a description from their website:

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in visibility of trans people in philosophy. Not only is there a growing body of work on issues surrounding the experiences of trans people, but trans philosophers themselves, whether they work on trans issues or not, are becoming more visible in the discipline. Yet, trans people continue to experience backlash and exclusion. There is a lack of space for trans philosophers to share their experiences, support each other, and take initiative with projects that could improve our conditions in philosophy overall. It is the goal of our 2-day summer school, to take place in-person in Edinburgh in July 2022, to provide such a space specifically for early career trans philosophers – a space to meet each other, talk about our work, socialise and foster a community. 

This summer school is thought of as both a networking as well as an academic event. While plenty of space will be given to brainstorm about joint projects and getting to know each other, there will also be room for discussing current work-in-progress (which does not necessarily have to be on trans philosophy) and talk about philosophical papers in mini-reading groups. We’ll further host a public keynote talk (accessible for people outside the summer school), with a closed round table discussion for summer school participants.

The Summer School for Trans Philosophers website is here:

Ray Briggs’s “Practical Suggestions for My Cis Colleagues in Philosophy,” a guest blog post, is on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY here:

These Dialogues on Disability interviews feature trans disabled philosophers:

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Gen Eickers: PHILOSOPHY_ Watch Gen Eickers’s presentation to Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 here:

Adrian Ekezian Barton:

August Gorman: Watch August Gorman’s presentation to Philosophy, Disability and Social Change here:

Other trans philosophers whose work you should read:

Talia Mae Bettcher:

Andrea J. Pitts: Watch Andrea J. Pitts’s presentation to Philosophy, Disability and Social Change 2 here:

Tamsin Kimoto:

Robin Dembroff:

Perry Zurn:

Additional resources:

“Support and Solidarity on Trans Visibility Day,” an article by Jay A. Irwin that offers an account of the history and motivation to commemorate Trans Visibility Day:

“The Trans History You Weren’t Taught in Schools,” an article by Catherine Armstrong that offers a genealogy of the hidden presence of trans and nonbinary people:

The Toronto Public Library has compiled an annotated list of books featuring trans writers, characters, and subjects for people of all ages. You can find the list here:

Trans Wellness Ontario is holding a virtual event this evening, March 31, from 5:00pm-7:30pm (EDT), which includes screening of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada’s Beauty Beyond Binary (dir. Christine Willings). You can register for this virtual event at the Trans Wellness Ontario website here:

The Trans Lifeline, whose resources of peer support and radical community care include a hotline, is run by and for trans people. The Trans Lifeline website is here:

The website for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is here:

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