The Human Rights Campaign is celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility with a "See Me on TDOV" photo essay series. We worked with five trans and non-binary folks from across the country to participate in this campaign and asked them to share a bit of who they are and what Trans Day of Visibility means to them. See them. Get to know them.
“My little cousin has taught me so much about patience, trust, guidance and sensitivity. He reminds me that change can happen if we just learn to listen to the smallest voice in the room...Similarly, TDOV is a moment for everyone to listen to voices that too often go unheard and think about creating a world that is more inclusive, loving and diverse.”
“Visibility has undoubtedly brought advancements, like the appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary, but deadly hate violence impacting Black trans women most has still increased each year. Murders of transmasculine people have also risen, and studies show they attempt suicide most in the LGBTQ+ community...Visibility matters, but stopping the violence cutting lives short matters even more.”
“Growing up, I never saw my whole self in mainstream media. My closest connection to representation were high-femme superheroes and villains...I began drawing these characters and creating my own without realizing I was subconsciously expressing how I wanted to show up in the world...TDOV is essential because our stories and bodies need to be uplifted. We are helping to push culture forward. It shows others in our community that they are not alone and allows them to see themselves.”
“I'm an author, entertainer and entrepreneur who is always evolving. Through my life, and in my work, I transparently transcribe my truth and transcend all the naysayers that have tried to hold back...Trans visibility is vital not just in our deaths and pain, but also in our moments of triumph and transcendence.”
“I am a proud trans Latina woman of color, a CHINGONA, like I always say...I am a guerrera (warrior) that will fight for my family, friends and community...My message to my trans siblings out there is always walk with your head up high and feel proud to be transgender, and never forget that YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE.”