My apologies for the belated blog post. To compensate, I commend a belated celebration.
Trans people heretofore have gotten only one official day of recognition: the Transgender Day of Remembrance. I fully acknowledge that the day and the memorial services are important and, indeed, essential since our culture still tolerates wanton violence, economic and political discrimination, and flagrant disregard for the human worth and dignity of trans people. That wicked behavior comes almost entirely from conservative religious groups. But as the gradual liberalization of religious culture and the gradual overall secularization have lead to the opening up of society to the formerly powerless, trans people have also enjoyed the too-slow, hard-won increase of guaranteed civil rights. Now, in many places, trans people can live ordinary lives. Absent the need to hide and perpetually “pass”, and in the presence of the larger LGB pride movement, it’s increasingly common to find trans youth for whom being trans is a life they can finally recognize as good and valuable and worth loving openly for what it is. Trans Cake Day is a new holiday for them.
So what should you do on Trans Cake Day? Naturally enough, it’s the day to give cake to people to celebrate trans lives. On this day (and, one droll trans friend insists, every day) you do best to simply assume that everyone is trans, unless and until they come out to you and tell you they’re actually cisgender.
In the initial conversations to select a recurring date for the holiday, we found it impossible to select a date or Nth-day-of-Mth-month formula that was desirable and not already taken by some other holiday (or, in a few cases, direful historical memorials). Thus was born a whimsical and everchanging date schema: Trans Cake Day is scheduled annually to fall on the first Friday on or after the first waxing gibbous moon on or after April 13th. Here are the recent and upcoming dates:
April 26th, 2013
April 18th, 2014
May 1st, 2015
April 22nd, 2016
May 12th, 2017
April 27th, 2018
April 19th, 2019
May 8th, 2020