Yesterday, March 31st, the world celebrated International Transgender Day of Visibility. It was a day to celebrate and support the people in our lives who have come out as transgender—a term used to define those whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.
“Transgender people come from all walks of life,” the Human Rights Campaign website reads. “We are your coworkers, family and neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and we are 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.”
And social media was full of inspiring photos from the day. Some people posted about their personal journeys, others posted selfies, and others still just posted messages of support—all with the hashtag #TransDayOfVisibility.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, transgender visibility has doubled since 2014. A 2016 survey revealed that 35% of likely voters in the U.S. “personally know or work with someone who is transgender.” In 2014, only 17% of likely voters answered the same. And while this doesn’t mean that trans people are experiencing less discrimination, these numbers show a positive step toward inclusivity.
Of course, trans visibility shouldn’t just be a single day of the year—transgender people should be acknowledged, included, and respected every day. So let’s appreciate how far we’ve come—while continuing to work toward a better, more inclusive future.