Stephanie Hallett
March 31, 2017 1:13 pm

While the gay rights movement has made huge strides in the last few years — securing marriage equality, for example, and gaining some workplace protections at the state and federal levels — transgender folks still face widespread discrimination, not to mention high rates of violence. That’s why, for this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), the theme is more important than ever: Trans resistance.

For this year’s event, organizers are going beyond visibility and celebrating resistance to anti-trans violence and lawmaking by highlighting those who are on the front lines of the fight for transgender liberation.

According to Trans Student Educational Resources, the group that handles outreach and social media for the TDOV campaign, the #TransResistance theme…

Even though it may seem like red states have begun rejecting so-called “trans bathroom bills” en masse — like the one in North Carolina that was repealed this week — civil rights groups have pointed out that anti-LGBTQ laws remain on the books, and allow for broad gender discrimination.

In North Carolina, for example, lawmakers may have rolled back the requirement that trans people use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate, but they replaced it with a rule banning local governments from passing laws that protect LGBTQ people. The state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, said the final bill was not his “preferred solution,” but signed it into law anyway.

If you want to take part in TDOV, you can tweet your #TransResistance stories, watch the TDOV event livestream (or attend the event in San Francisco), or visit the #TransLove photo project on display in San Francisco. And click here to discover even more ways to join the movement!