Washington DC, 1 April 2023 (TDI): On Transgender Day of Visibility, Secretary of the United States (US), Antony Blinken released a statement celebrating the achievements & resilience of transgenders, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming persons around the world.
On THE Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the achievements and resilience of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming persons globally. Every person should have access to identity and other legal documents that accurately reflect who they are. #TDOV
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 31, 2023
The statement emphasizes the importance of ensuring that every person has access to identity and other legal documents that accurately reflect their gender identity.
Secretary Blinken also highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals, including discrimination, violence, and unequal access to healthcare and other essential services.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the US government to advance the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or expression.
In recognition of Transgender Day of Visibility, Vice President of the US, Kamala Harris also released a statement affirming the right of all Americans to live as their true selves and be treated with dignity and respect.
All Americans should have the freedom to be their true selves and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
On Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate trans and non-binary Americans. We see you and will never stop fighting for you.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 31, 2023
Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of celebrating the contributions of transgenders and non-binary individuals as they have made significant progress in the ongoing fight for equality and inclusion.
However, it is recognized that there is still much work to be done to ensure that transgender persons can live their lives authentically and without fear of violence, discrimination, or stigma.
This includes access to legal documents that accurately reflect their gender identity, as well as access to essential services such as healthcare.
Likewise, the US has called upon to join in the fight for a world in which all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or expression, can live safely and openly as themselves.
On Transgender Day of Visibility, we want you to know that we see you just as you are:
Made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support.
We’ll never stop working to create a world where you won’t have to be brave just to be yourself. pic.twitter.com/g5TTZbv1UW
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 31, 2023
President Biden, on this day, sent a message of support and recognition to the transgender community.
Moreover, he affirmed that every person, regardless of their gender identity or expression, is made in the image of God and deserves dignity, respect, and support.
He asserted that the US government is committed to creating a world where individuals don’t have to be brave just to be themselves.
The US endorsed that it is important to recognize transgender rights as human rights, and to celebrate visibility rather than attack it.
Transgender rights are human rights. On Transgender Day of Visibility, the U.S. calls on our global partners to join us in fighting for a world where everyone can live safely and openly as themselves, and where visibility is celebrated and never attacked.
— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) March 31, 2023
On this Transgender Day of Visibility, the US encouraged the renewal of commitment to this important work and the continued advocacy for the rights of all individuals, including transgenders.
About this day
For information, Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated annually on March 31st. This day was established to recognize and celebrate the achievements and resilience of the transgender community.
The day was first observed in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, a transgender activist from Michigan, who aimed to create a positive celebration of transgender people.
This was in contrast to the solemn and somber tone of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is observed in November to honor those who have lost their lives due to transphobic violence.
This day aims to promote education and awareness of the issues faced by transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming persons around the world.
Also, it highlights the importance of respecting and recognizing individuals for who they are, regardless of their gender identity or expression.
The day also serves as a call to action for individuals and governments to work towards creating a world where transgender individuals can live freely, safely, and with dignity.
In a nutshell, Transgender Day of Visibility is a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality and inclusion for all.