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Transgender Day of Visibility

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Transgender Day of Visibility

In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility (3/31), the Exploratorium welcomes everyone to a joyful celebration with transgender community members on March 30. This international day of awareness highlights transgender voices in response to their intentional exclusion in societal culture and discourse. Come play and learn among our 650+ science and art exhibits while enjoying a live music performance, poetry, and a chance to celebrate your own identity with hands-on activities.

Music Celebration
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With Tory and the Teasers

Come listen to Tory Teasley and her band, Tory and the Teasers! They’ll have you dancing, swaying, and swooning to jazz, soul, funk, and pop. 

Tory Teasley describes her sound as “eclectic with jazz roots.” In addition to many accolades, Tory Teasley often performs at UC Berkeley with Oakadelic. She is an artist in residence with the Queer Arts Center, and has opened for Mayor London Breed at San Francisco City Hall and the Grammy Award–winning artist Fantastic Negrito.

In Our Own Words
2:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With Lia Le-Nguyen, Dena Rod, Kim Shuck, and Marcus deMaria Arana

Join these queer and transgender Bay Area poets as they share work reflecting their perspectives and offering messages of hope to young individuals navigating their own gender identities. Following the presentation of their work, Marcus deMaria Arana will lead a short discussion to learn more about the artists’ background and inspirations.

Lia Le-Nguyen (she/they) is a writer based in Fremont, California. She was a finalist for Alameda County Youth Poet Laureate in 2023. A believer in the power of poetry, she uses her voice to share her experience as a queer Asian-American teen in the Bay Area. She can usually be found writing, reading, or bothering friends and family alike.

Described by The Bold Italic as a “verbose advocate,” Dena Rod is a non-binary writer whose work has been highlighted in My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, Autostraddle, and The Rumpus. Their debut poetry collection Scattered Arils is now in its fourth print run from Milk and Cake Press. They're currently at work on their first novel.

Kim Shuck is a silly protein. Kim is the seventh Poet Laureate of San Francisco Emerita, the solo author of eight books, and a devotee of San Francisco. In 2019, Kim was awarded an inaugural National Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and a PEN Oakland Censorship Award.

Marcus deMaria Arana spent ten years with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and has trained over 2,000 San Francisco police officers in transgender community awareness, integrating transgender women into women’s shelters, and helping draft protocols for the fair treatment of transgender inmates. In 2004, Marcus met two-spirit people for the first time. This helped him to connect with his Blackfeet and Ohlone heritage, embrace his indigenous two-spirit identity, and find a deep, spiritual balance to all the different elements that constitute him

Gender Euphoria Wall
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With the Explainers

Show us what makes you feel comfortable in your skin! Take a picture of your fresh haircut, new shoes, fancy earrings, stunning arms, or whatever else makes you, you. Show the world what you love about yourself! Let’s take this moment to embrace what we love about ourselves, instead of picking at what we don’t. The Explainers will help showcase your best you!

Custom Pronoun Stickers
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1: Human Phenomenon
With the Explainers 

Create your own sticker showcasing your amazing pronouns! Then wear it proudly to let everyone know about you and to help normalize introducing your full self to everyone you meet. Our fabulous Explainers will be there to help you get your beautiful stickers made.