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International Transgender Day of Visibility

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International Transgender Day of Visibility is recognised on 31 March every year. It's a time to celebrate trans and gender diverse people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. 

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Leigh Dwyer, volunteer firefighter Toolong brigade

It also raises awareness about the discrimination trans and gender diverse members of our community still face.

Meet CFA volunteer Leigh Dwyer. 

"I’ve been an active member of CFA for over 15 years. I have been on the brigade management team for 14 of those years, captain for four years, and I've been a deputy group officer for the past two years," Leigh said. 

"I've attended most major fires throughout that time. Being a part of CFA is a major part of who I am as is my being transgender. 

"What does Trans Day of Visibility mean to me? It's a celebration of us for who we are - people just like everyone else - and to celebrate the most beautiful people who have stood and supported us.

"It means to be recognised for the hardships, the discrimination we face each and every day as we try to lead a happy life. To put behind the years of depression, the living in the closet, the loneliness, the fear.        

"To be proud of who I am, to disprove all the myths that surround trans people. To be an example to those who are struggling with their identity, to say that you are not alone, that you can be you and be a valuable contributor to the community and be accepted for who you are. 

"I am proud to be alive and to be me."

CFA is proud to be working on the development of a gender affirmation guide. This will provide captains, catchment teams and all members with supporting guidelines to assist members and to learn more.

If you are interested in being involved, contact the Inclusion and Fairness Team.