The Human Rights Campaign and others are honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) today (March 31) with social media posts and videos.
TDOV is a dedicated to celebrating the world’s transgender and non-binary people, acknowledge their courage, and raise awareness around the discrimination and violence they still face.
HRC released a video featuring some of its transgender and non-binary staff and volunteers discussing the how imperative visibility is for the gender non-conforming community.
“Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal, and economic challenges, but continue to bravely share their stories, boldly claim their seats at the table, and tirelessly push equality forward,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The transgender and non-binary community’s pride, power, and resilience should be a lesson to us all. As advocates, we must commit to learning together and building a world where every person can truly thrive.”
“As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, we must never forget those who still feel invisible even in their own communities and who may live every day with fear of discrimination or violence,” David continued, “and we must resolve to fight for a world where every transgender and non-binary person is respected and protected.”
Other organizations, companies, activists, and trans individuals also shared messages of support, visibility, and awareness on social media.
The Virginia state House began in 1619. Every transphobic remark before 2018 could only be rebutted on the House floor by our great allies, not a trans legislator with lived experience. Now, not only do we rebuke bigotry, we pass pro-equality bills like HB 1049 as we do it.#TDOVhttps://t.co/rYbijHv4bk
This year’s TDOV comes only a day after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law two pieces of anti-trans legislation: one restricting transgender youth’s participation in sports, and another banning trans people from changing their gender marker on their birth certificate.