Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. On this day we celebrate the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people around the world. It’s also a day to bring to light what this community faces each and every day.
As the United States launches attacks on the LGBTQ+ community at large and transgender children around the nation, it is especially important to recognize this day and stand up for Transgender people.
According to the Human Rights Campaign’s An Epidemic of Violence Report published in 2021, 2021 was the deadliest year on record for Transgender people since the incidents were tracked starting in 2013. Since 2013, the HRC has tracked 256 cases of known fatal violence against transgender and non-conforming people. That is 256 souls who died just being who they are. A disproportionate number of these deaths are Black transgender women, 66% of those deaths.
Furthermore, in 2021, 25 anti-LGBTQ bills were enacted, including 13 anti-transgender bills that were introduced across 33 states. These bills only fuel more bias, fear and put the LGBTQ+ community in more danger.
This needs to stop. We need you to stand up and help us stop this. Use your votes, your voices, everything you have to approach the polls, your representatives, your senators. Help us stop this.
Resources for further research:
- Human Rights Campaign
- Transgender Day of Visibility web page