Biden issues proclamation for Transgender Day of Visibility amid Republican attacks on trans rights

Author: Christopher Wiggins

On Friday, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to transgender rights by declaring March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility in a White House proclamation. This day, dedicated to honoring the courage and contributions of transgender Americans, arrives amid a backdrop of increasing legislative attacks on the community, particularly from Republican lawmakers at both state and federal levels.

Concurrently, the Human Rights Campaign is gearing up to celebrate trans joy, spotlighting the vibrance, diversity, and resilience of the transgender community. In a statement, HRC emphasized the joy and power within the transgender community, despite the ongoing challenges and the violence that has claimed lives in 2024, including those of Righteous TK “Chevy” Hill, Diamond Brigman, Kitty Monroe, and Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old student at Owasso High School.

HRC president Kelley Robinson reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to combating anti-trans legislation and honoring the memory of trans individuals not for the circumstances of their passing but for their impactful lives. “The orchestrated assault on transgender rights poses a direct threat to the well-being of trans individuals,” Robinson said.

As the Biden administration and organizations like HRC stand in solidarity with the transgender community, the celebration of TDOV serves as both a testament to the progress made and a reminder of the battles that lie ahead.

Transgender Day of Visibility, observed annually on March 31, was founded in 2009 by transgender activist Rachel Crandall. The day was established as a response to the lack of LGBTQ+ holidays celebrating transgender people, aiming to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and resilience of the transgender community. It serves as a day to recognize the struggles and discrimination transgender people face, advocating for rights, acceptance, and equality.

“We are making public services more accessible for transgender Americans, including with more inclusive passports and easier access to Social Security benefits,” Biden said, noting, “There is much more to do.” He called on Congress to pass the Equality Act to enshrine civil rights protections in legislation.

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans: You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. You belong. You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back,” Biden said.

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Author: Christopher Wiggins

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