Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility
By: Amy DeBruyn, SHRM-CP (she/her), HR Consultant, Insight HRM
March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Created by trans advocate, Rachel Crandall, in response to the overwhelming majority of media stories about transgender people being focused on discrimination and violence. Crandall hoped to create a day where people could re-focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to live authentically, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible.
Joe Biden was the first American president to issue a formal presidential proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility. In the proclamation, he called upon, “all Americans to join in the fight for full equality for all transgender people.”
Because transgender people sometimes face discrimination and mistreatment at work, school, and in their families and communities, supporting them and affirming them in being who they are is critical for transgender people to live healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives.
Today, we celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of our transgender friends, family, coworkers, and the trans community at large.
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