Back in 2009, Michigan transgender activist Rachel Crandall realized the spectrum of LGBTQ holidays specific to trans people were limited to one, dark day – the Transgender Day of Remembrance celebrated every Nov. 20th.
Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, Crandall said, the day of visibility aims to focus on all the good things in the trans community, instead of just remembering those who were lost. “The day of remembrance is exactly what it is. It remembers people who died,” she said. “This focuses on the living. People have told me they love Remembrance Day but it really focuses on the negative aspect of it. Isn’t there anything that could focus on the positive aspect of being trans?”
To help support this push for ‘honoring the good,’ folks from around the world have taken steps to make sure the trans folks still with us, and making impacts, are put front and center.
“The Trans 100 is intended to provide a broad and diverse look into the trans community,” reads the ‘building the list’ section of the Trans100′s website.
“The Trans 100 is not an award ceremony,” read the guide’s press release. “It is not a list of the “Best” or the ‘Most Important’ trans people. It is not a popularity contest and there are many individuals absent from the list who are doing excellent work. More are no longer with us.”
People send in nominations, and the members of the list are hand picked for their work in the community.
Jen Richards, The Trans 100′s co-founder, said the list “is an intentionally curated list of out trans people who are working on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact.”