Just as importantly, whether you are in Colorado or not, we want to make sure that you stay safe while trying to find events. So I’ll also be going over ways to keep your online activities secure.
Before diving into a TDOV event and internet safety, I want to take the time to honor some trans*, Colorado-based public speakers who have taken visibility as a career.
Todd Garrity is a transgender public speaker who lectures on the importance of trans healthcare knowledge, mediates conferences and support groups, and has a trans-oriented acupuncture and meditation center called The Om Flow.
Anunnaki Ray is a motivational speaker, blogger, artist, and activist. Assigned female at birth, they grew into their non-binary, male-presenting self and is the first person in Colorado have their biological sex changed to ‘intersex’ to properly reflect their natural body.
Personal Stories also features trans* stories about both transitioning and visibility and is constantly updating their database.
If you can go out to celebrate TDOV and find yourself in Denver, The Center on Colfax is hosting a screening of Becoming More Visible, which follows the lives of four people in various parts of their transition. The documentary dives into who they are beyond their transition and how they exist in the world around them. It addresses religious family issues, the shelter system, and developing a successful career as a visible trans person.
This event is free with an online RSVP here. Otherwise, Becoming More Visible is available on Amazon Prime—a fun activity for people with their own Amazon Prime account.
Being safe on TDOV includes knowing when not to be visible. You know your situation better than anybody, but here are a few tips that you can use.
If you are on a shared computer make sure you’re using an account that is only accessible to you on a secure browser type, like Brave, that won’t track your Amazon choices for advertising if you do choose to watch Becoming More Visible.
Before I go into how useful this browser is in order to surf the gay, gay web I want to disclose that this is NOT a paid advertisement. This is a genuine push for a browser that is compatible with our mission statement and with programs we already endorse.
Brave recently hit the market with an incredible amount of customizable security and privacy dependent on your needs—choose which kinds of cookies and device recognitions to get through to you and what doesn’t. Brave is built on not collecting personal data while also being as user-friendly as possible. It’s compatible with DuckDuckGo, a functional search engine that doesn’t collect personal data and we highly recommend through our resource database.
Because of privacy risk to you, Brave automatically blocks plug-ins and upgrades encryptions. The browser is also available. And it’s totally free. Surfing the web for visible trans* people shouldn’t put you in the digital spotlight—part of TDOV is being visible in order to acknowledge, protect, and fight for stealth and closeted individuals.
Writer and volunteer for Rescqu. Manager of the resource database. So Goth that she sacked a Roman village on the way to work.