International Transgender Day of Visibility takes place on 31st March each year and aims to celebrate, uplift and spotlight the trans community. At TikTok, we want to create a safe space where people have the chance to be the truest and most authentic versions of themselves, so yesterday, we launched our TikTok Unpacks series to encourage the TikTok community to share their voice, educate one another and learn about the issues facing the trans community, using the hashtag #transandproud.
This week's creator spotlight needs no introduction. It's @therealasherah, a multitalented creator, singer, songwriter and activist.
Asherah is passionate about trans issues and is keen on educating others in the community. When she's not doing this, she's amplifying other voices on her page, regularly spotlighting other LGBTQ+ people and elevating their stories.
Today, we choose to celebrate Ashera’s achievements. With 88.9k followers and 22.9k likes, it's clear our community know an icon when they see one. We sat down with them to learn about what Transgender Day of Visibility means to them and how their journey on TikTok started.
What does Transgender Day of Visibility mean to you?
Visibility. For centuries within the LGBTQ+ community, the patriarchy, transness and gender nonconformity has been stigmatised by society. Even though many indigenous cultures have celebrated and loved us for years, we have been erased from history for far too long and now we are getting the recognition we deserve. It feels refreshing to finally be seen in a positive light.
What do you love most about sharing content on TikTok?
I love the fact I get to interact and bond with thousands of likeminded people who have so much nuanced opinions that I can learn from. The ability to also speak up for people who are to afraid to and can’t even do so because of their situations is fulfilling.
What first inspired you to create on TikTok?
I always have been passionate about the topics I discussed but I had no platform to discuss them. No one around me really cared so I decided to speak about these topics on TikTok and it blew up!
What is your favourite recent challenge or trend on TikTok?
My favourite was the one where trans people were celebrating their stages during their transition. It was hopeful and fulfilling.
What is your goal on TikTok?
I want a huge platform so I can advocate for my community and amplify other voices. I also want to venture into other things I'm interested in and be a representative to my community.
What other trans creators would you love to spotlight?
What or who is on your For You page?!
Different people from different communities. I’m always trying to listen and educate myself on issues outside of my own.
What is your favourite TikTok you have made to date and why?
I love all my TikTok's but my favourites would be the ones that connect all issues of inequality in society to one another. They’re all connected and it’s important to highlight this.