The Power of Our Trans Visibility

We are at a moment of unprecedented visibility for transgender Americans. According to a new survey released today by the Human Rights Campaign, one in three people personally know or work with somebody transgender.

That’s twice what it was just two years ago. And it’s a huge jump from 2008, when less than one in 10 people reported knowing someone transgender.

This is a good step, remarkable news and, still, there’s so much more to do. We know that when straight, cisgender people know LGBT people, they support laws that protect us. We also know that being a visible transgender person today is far from easy and can be enormously dangerous.

As we celebrate today’s International Transgender Day of Visibility, it’s time for an honest conversation about the realities of what visibility means to our lives and to our movement. READ MORE