March 31, 2023.
African Human Rights Coalition notes: Today is Transgender Day of Visibility. States in the USA, Governments in Africa and Governments around the World, as well as media promote and license violence, through criminalization, stigmatization, and ostracizing of trans people. We must fight and create pathways and spaces where lives are protected and fully honored. All people must live freely in joy, safety, with community embrace through depth of visibility. It’s a basic human right. With love African Human Rights Coalition. Today we celebrate by meeting with a group of Transmen in Kenya, many from Uganda, seeking safe shelter. We are hoping to set up a new shelter, but cannot do it without your support.
GLAAD USA notes: "Visibility matters. Our LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media study found that 80% of respondents who had been exposed to LGBTQ people in the media said they are supportive of equal rights for LGBTQ people.
Visible authentic and accurate representation can lead to acceptance and equal rights — in schools, workplaces, and communities. But visibility without full support from all of us won't get us there. The escalating backlash from anti-LGBTQ activists targeting trans people in response to marriage equality in the U.S. is evidence of it.
So today we celebrate trans people all over the world, and share our stories. And tomorrow, we'll keep advocating for full acceptance and equality. Let's make a promise to trans people that we won't stop until every one of us is seen, heard, and respected with love and acceptance."
Picture taken at WEHO PRIDE by Melanie Nathan of © African Human Rights Coalition, 2022. Copyright applies.