LGBTQ Activists Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility



Washington, DC, March 31, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) leaders and activists across the globe in observing International Transgender Day of Visibility.

“Today we joined millions of LGBTQ people in celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility. Growing up in rural Missouri, I would have never imagined the positive images of transgender women of color depicted in film and television that we have witnessed the last couple of years. From Laverne Cox’s Emmy nomination for the TV show ‘Orange is the New Black,’ to Janet Mock’s book ‘Redefining Realness,’ to the award winning documentary ‘Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,’ trans women of color are gaining visibility in exciting new ways. Despite these positive steps, this year we’ve also witnessed an ongoing epidemic of homicides and violence targeting transgender women.

“Eight transgender women and gender non-conforming people have been murdered across the U.S., seven of whom were black or Latina. This senseless violence must end and we need everyone’s help—we must not lose sight of this as we celebrate the accomplishments and triumphs of transgender people. Everyone has a key role to play in creating a safe, just, and equitable society free from discrimination and persecution,” said Kylar Broadus, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force.

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CONTACT:
Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director
213-842-7564
jamaro@thetaskforce.org