If you’ve been online over the past several days, you’ve likely seen “Transgender Day of Visibility” promoted by transgender activists and even some companies and government entities.
If you’re even more online, you may have seen rumors about “Trans Day of Vengeance.”
What are these days, and is there a connection to Monday’s deadly school shooting perpetrated by a trans-identifying 28-year-old woman?
Transgender Day of Visibility
“Transgender Day of Visibility” has been recognized annually on March 31 by transgender activists internationally for over a decade. It was invented in 2009 by trans-identifying activist Rachel Crandall of Michigan, who was frustrated that the only day honoring transgender people was “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” which mourns the murders of trans-identifying people.
Over the last few years, “Transgender Day of Visibility” has gained wider recognition. In 2021, President Biden officially recognized the holiday, the first president to do so. This year, Biden recognized the day on Friday by blaming “MAGA extremists” for “attacks” on trans-identifying people, just days after a trans-identifying female school shooter shot up a Christian school in Nashville.
It’s #TDOV! Today, we:
💙 honor all trans people
🤍 celebrate trans visibility
💗 recommit to the fight for trans equality
We are one in power and solidarity.
Happy Trans Day of Visibility! 🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/qQpmh4VzVD
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 31, 2023
“We need a Trans Day Of Visibility to recognize the trans community”
The rest of the year: pic.twitter.com/8dUrMisNXB
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) March 30, 2023
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Cities, government entities, and major companies acknowledged “Transgender Day of Visibility” on Friday. Media outlets created lists of buzzy events and things to do to celebrate. On Friday, some transgender activists will mark “Transgender Day of Visibility” by protesting in major cities.
Trans Day of Vengeance
“Trans Day of Vengeance” appears to be much more sinister than “Transgender Day of Visibility,” which is little more than a corporate holiday in comparison.
A group of transgender activists, the Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN), called for a “Trans Day of Vengeance” on Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in Washington, D.C., the day after “Transgender Day of Visibility.” Protesters were told to show up to the Supreme Court wearing masks and with a buddy.
“The time is now, enough is enough,” TRAN wrote on Twitter.
“Day of Vengeance” Canceled in D.C.
However, TRAN has now canceled the “Day of Vengeance” event in D.C. due to “a credible threat to life and safety,” the group said on its website.
“This threat is the direct result of the flood of raw hatred directed toward the trans community after the Tennessee shooting,” TRAN said. “Individuals who had nothing to [do] with that heinous act have been subjected to highly serious threats and blamed only because of their gender identity. This is one of the steps in genocide, and we will continue our efforts to protect trans lives.”
Other “Day of Vengeance” events were scheduled for March 31, according to TRAN’s promotional materials.
Activists Target The Daily Wire
A group that claims to be TRAN’s Virginia chapter called for a “Trans Day of Vengeance” event to take place outside The Daily Wire’s headquarters in Nashville.
“Tennessee neighbors, when can we make this happen?” the Virginia chapter wrote in a tweet that was retweeted by the main TRAN Twitter account.
TRAN’s Virginia chapter also said it will raise money for “firearm/self defense training for trans Virginians.”
The Democrat Connection
A former staffer for Virginia Democrats, Bo Belotti, serves as TRAN’s national recruitment director. Belotti is a “trans masculine non-binary person,” according to TRAN’s website.
Twitter Removes “Day of Vengeance” Tweets
Meanwhile, Twitter decided to remove tweets promoting the “Trans Day of Vengeance.” Twitter said it removed thousands of tweets sharing TRAN’s “Day of Vengeance” poster.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok,” tweeted Twitter’s trust and safety head, Ella Irwin.
Some conservatives warning about “Trans Day of Vengeance” were caught up in the crackdown. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) Twitter account was restricted for a week after she posted the “Day of Vengeance” poster, and Federalist CEO Sean Davis was similarly suspended.
Organizers Deny Any Shooting Connection
Although the “Day of Vengeance” was promoted prior to the Nashville school shooting by a trans-identifying woman, TRAN said they “reject any connection between that horrific event and ours.”