Earlier this year, four trailblazing transgender teenagers came together to organize Trans Prom, an opportunity for transgender and non-binary teenagers to convene in celebration of their own joy, beauty and resilience. On May 22, 2023, over 50 trans and non-binary teens from all over the country gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to celebrate a coming-of-age ritual through a queer lens. During a grueling and vile legislative season that saw an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ state bills being introduced, many of them directly attacking trans and non-binary youth, the need for this event couldn’t be more apparent.
Favorite book or musical album: Kid A and In Rainbows by Radiohead
Hobby or activity: Playing the guitar and drawing
The one thing Daniel is most excited about for the future: Growing as a musician, going to college and exploring a new city.
Favorite book or music album: 1989 by Taylor Swift
Hobbies or activity: Acting
The one thing Grayson is more excited about for the future: Having a career in activism and acting
Libby, who is 13-years-old, described both experiences as “dreams.”
“I just kept thinking that I was dreaming,” said Libby. “After so much dreadful news about our community, it was amazing to finally have celebration. Seeing all the notifications that people were sending and all the thankful messages, it was just amazing. It made me so happy that we did what we did. It felt incredibly hard to do so under such awful legislation, but the results were amazing.”
2023 saw an unprecedented spike in anti-LGBTQ+ legislative attacks in state houses, with more than 570+ anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced, 75 of which were signed into law, many of which eliminated the access to age-appropriate gender-affirming care. Despite being supported by every major medical association in the country, a coordinated push led by anti-LGBTQ+ groups and legislators have not only stripped many of their rights to life-saving care, but emboldened and stoked many to spread vile vitriol and discriminatory rhetoric.
Still, the four trans teenagers say they want the entire community, especially young trans and non-binary folks, to remember that the fight for LGBTQ+ equality has been in dark places before and has triumphed again and again.
Favorite albums: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande, Beatopia by Beabadoobee, or Evermore by Taylor Swift
Hobbies: Practicing improv or drawing clothes designs
The one thing Libby is most excited about for the future: Studying fashion design
Favorite book or musical album: Dog Days by Cosmo’s Demos
Hobby or activity: Making/playing music
What Hobbes is most excited about for the future: Entering college and getting an official professional education in technology
Watch The Trans Prom Organizers Receive The Trailblazer Award At HRC's National Dinner: