Today is a day of celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community! Today is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). TDOV is celebrated on March 31st every year and was created by Rachel Crandall in 2010. This day is about not only bringing visibility to trans individuals, but also a day for people to show their support for the trans community! It’s main goal is to bring attention to many of the accomplishments of trans people, while also fighting transphobia and cissexism by spreading knowledge about the trans community. This is a day of empowerment and recognition for trans people around the globe! 


Basic Issues in Transgender Mental Health

For a lot of transgender individuals, transitioning can be life or death for them. Living in a body that is not your own or does not correctly reflect who you are can take a tremendous toll on someone’s mental health. This short article provides a short outline of issues that arise for transgender individuals.

Transgender Transition Timeline

Here’s a video I found of someone who is FtM (female-to-male) who documented his transition of his first year on hormones, which is testosterone in his case. What I especially like about this video is not only does it provide some education on the physical changes that come with transitioning, he also talks about the mental changes. It’s evident in the pictures that he shows and the videos that he is much happier now than he was precious to him transitioning. There is some nudity in this video around minutes 3:20 and 4:09, so if you are uncomfortable with that you don’t have to watch or can skip over those parts!

Therapy for a battling cancer patients

The University of Hong Kong published a study in which 22 cancer patients between the ages of 39 to 69 were recruited from Hong Kong, China. These participants were suffering from many different forms of cancer that included breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The patients were placed into an environment where they could exercise through dance, were tested using a stress scale, self-esteem scale, and evaluated at completion of all tasks. Results showed that after participating in dance movement therapy, there was a significant reduction in their stress levels stemming from the cancer diagnosis, a positive change in overall self-esteem, and happier and healthier individuals. The interaction between mind and body was important since cancer traumatizes the body from the diagnostic stage all the way to the treatment phase (Ho, 2005). The program was relatively short, which allowed them a “trial” run to show how effective dancing can be on their overall well-being (Ho, 2005).

Ho, R. (2005). Effects of dance movement therapy on Chinese cancer patients: A pilot study in Hong Kong. Arts in psychotherapy, 32, 337-345.