Calgary’s transgender community will be toasted at a gala affair next month.

Calgary Pride has partnered with Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA) to host a free celebration March 31 for all members, allies and supporters of the transgender community.

Dubbed the Trans Day of Visibility, the event at the Jack Singer Concert Hall aims to increase visibility and awareness.

The celebration marks the first official partnership between Pride Calgary, a non-profit that promotes equality and celebrates diversity, and TESA, whose mission is to be a voice for Alberta’s transgender community.

The Trans Day of Visibility has been celebrated internationally since 2009 and the agencies hope to cement the day into the cultural psyche of Calgary.

Organizers are still trying to bring together a list of speakers and guests for the cocktail reception and presentation, and those will be released in the days before the event.

To attend or volunteer to help with the event, visit