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Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility

This Week We Honor Our Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Non-Conforming Siblings

| By Kris Hayashi

This week and every day the National LGBTQ Task Force – the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ advocacy organization – honors our trans, nonbinary and gender non-confirming siblings around the world.  

On March 31st we join in annually observing Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Trans people deserve so much more than visibility and representation remains important. Join us in uplifting and amplifying the voices of trans folx by sharing the joy, resilience, power and strength of the transgender community.  

How do you plan to observe TDOV this year? Consider: 

  • Sharing personal stories and experiences of trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals on social media, using the hashtag #TransDayOfVisibility  
  • Educating yourself and others about transgender issues and history  
  • Donating to organizations that support transgender rights and provide resources for the community  
  • Joining the National LGBTQ Task Force in advancing LGBTQ+ justice by Queering the Vote and organizing our community to advocate for inclusive access to our democracy 

With TDOV happening tomorrow, it’s especially important to highlight the visibility and power of trans, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals during this election year. TDOV is a day to honor the achievements and resilience of transgender people, as well as raise awareness about the discrimination and violence they face. As we approach the 2024 election, it’s crucial to ensure that the rights and needs of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans communities, are at the forefront of political conversations and policy decisions. 

There have been a staggering number of anti-trans bills being proposed and passed across the U.S. in 2024. Nearly half the states in this country have passed laws banning health care for trans young people, proposals banning individuals from updating their driver’s licenses, and bills that exclude access to public restrooms and other public facilities. There is a growing climate of hate and intolerance. These laws are an assault on the humanity of transgender individuals and a threat to our fundamental rights and freedoms.  

Anti-trans bills can have an especially devastating impact on individuals who exist at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities. Transgender Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women and femmes, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV, migrants, youth and elders often face higher rates of violence, discrimination, and poverty. When these intersections of identity are ignored or overlooked, the impact of anti-trans bills becomes even more harmful and dehumanizing. The Task Force works at the intersections of identities of all transgender individuals when advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and pushing back against discriminatory laws.  

By denying trans individuals access to basic rights, services, and facilities, these bills send a message that some people are not worthy of respect and dignity, reinforce harmful stereotypes and contribute to a culture of transphobia. Now more than ever, it is essential to speak out against this wave of discrimination, hate and violence. By discussing the harmful impact of these bills, sharing personal stories, and amplifying the voices of nonbinary, and gender non-conforming individuals, we can raise awareness and push for change

Ultimately, it’s about ensuring that transgender rights and lives are protected and respected, not just during this election year, but always.   

Kris Hayashi, National LGBTQ Task Force Director of Advocacy and Action

Kris Hayashi

Director of Advocacy and Action

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Kris Hayashi is the National LGBTQ Task Force's Director of the Advocacy and Action department, encompassing the organization’s policy, field, and faith teams.