Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate our trans and non-binary family around the world and honor their courage. We also celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, while also acknowledging the work still needed to achieve true equality.
Despite the progress made toward inclusivity and visibility, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals still face violence and discrimination. In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) estimates that there are more than 310 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in state legislatures across the country, of which at least 135 are specifically anti-transgender. Numerous states have pursued legislation to ban trans girls from participating in scholastic sports, while others, like Texas and Arkansas, have restricted access to gender-affirming healthcare for trans minors.
Additionally, at least eight known transgender and gender nonconforming persons have died by violence so far in 2022 according to the HRC.
Although transgender and gender nonconforming persons continue to face obstacles, Transgender Day of Visibility remains a day to recognize, above all else, their resilience.
“Transgender and non-binary people face countless challenges – and through it all, they have continued to fight for visibility, share their stories and organize for lived and legal equality,” said Joni Madison, HRC Interim President, in a statement released to the press. Although incidents of violence and discrimination “are frightening,” she added, “we have a deep, confident hope that together we can defeat these attacks and move forward to a more equitable world for transgender and non-binary people.”
To commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility, the LGBTQ+-first network Revery will air trans-centered content that celebrates the stories of those in the transgender community, including the documentary “TransMilitary,” which chronicles the lives of four out trans service men and women, and the romantic comedy, “Boy Meets Girl.”