US politicians, celebrities, lead global support for the transgender community on Trans Day of Visibility.
International Trans Day of Visibility is celebrated every year on 31 March to highlight the issues and challenges facing those who are transgender.
Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, tweeted to her 2.4m followers her support for trans people everywhere.
‘Whether you are a soldier, activist, teacher, or artist, our message to you is the same: We see you. We love you. We value you. Thank you for all the joy you bring to the lives of our families, our communities, and our nation.’
Hillary Clinton affirmed support
US politician Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to show her support today. The former presidential campaigner wrote: ‘On this #TransDayOfVisibility, let’s affirm that we see, stand by, and celebrate our transgender friends, family, and neighbors.’
Clinton has more than 24 million followers on the social media platform and her tweet was shared thousands of times.
US senator and another presidential campaigner, Bernie Sanders also tweeted support for the global trans community.
No place for hate or discrimination
‘Today we stand with the transgender community—as we must every day—to say discrimination and hate toward trans Americans have no place in our society. Civil rights means equal rights and dignity for all trans people’, Sanders wrote.
Global social media platform Instagram tweeted how important the Trans Visibility day was.
‘On #TransDayOfVisibility, nonbinary trans writer and performer @tywrent is sharing why today is so very important.’
Gay Hollywood actor George Takei also tweeted messages of support, saying simply: ‘Trans rights are human rights’.
Flags out in Philly
And in Philadelphia, Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the city Mayors Office of LGBT Affairs, tweeted how the city was the first to raise a tans flag at a US government building.
‘Today we raised the trans pride flag in celebration of Trans Day of Visibility. Philly was the 1st & is the largest city in the US to raise a trans flag at a govt building. I love this city & couldn’t be prouder of the revolutionary work we’re doing w/ our trans communities.’
Munroe Bergdorf stars in empowering video for Trans Day of Visibility