The world observes Transgender Day of Visibility each March 31 to raise awareness about transgender people.
“Trans Day of Visibility is a day specifically to celebrate trans people’s lives and joys, not as struggles, but as triumphs as something to be happy about, to be proud of, to stand up and say that we are here, we are happy, we’re part of our community and our lives are important. That our lives are worthy and we should be celebrated,” said Olivia Hunt of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team celebrates this day of visibility with an employee profile.
Phoenix Noelle (they/she), a trans-woman veteran, is a technician in the Technical Operations Department and a co-champion for CAP 3.4, the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team.
They grew up at GRCC spending time exploring the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center while their mother worked in the open computer lab, and now they work from the ATC maintaining and repairing equipment spread out over all of GRCC’s campuses.
She is especially thankful for the family atmosphere at GRCC and looks forward to spending many more years building ever-deepening friendships here.
Phoenix appreciates everyone who has fought to build an LGBTQ+ inclusive community at GRCC and the greater Grand Rapids area.
“I hope everyone here at GRCC feels comfortable as their authentic self, and want all LGBTQ+ folks to know they are not alone,” Noelle said. “We have a growing community of support and invite anyone who feels comfortable doing so to stand up and stand out in whatever way you are able.”
The team encourages other trans people to be visible by displaying a Pride flag or wearing a pin, sticker or t-shirt.
The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team, CAP 3.4, is dedicated to support GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness by providing resources that highlight and celebrate trans people and their contributions.
In support of this day, the GRCC Library has a display that provides information about the richness and diverseness of our transgender community. The display will be up for approximately three weeks.
The CAP also wants to highlight community advocates and partners: Grand Rapids Pride Center, StandOut, United Campus Christian Fellowship, and Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.