Today, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) commemorates International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual event celebrating transgender and non-binary people and their contributions to society.
International Transgender Day of Visibility honors the lives of transgender and non-binary people across the world. While we too often hear of lives stolen by violence, today is a day to lift up the incredible and powerful ways that transgender people are thriving in fields of their choice within and outside of gender and sex-based stereotypes.
This day is critical for transgender and non-binary/non-conforming youth who need to see that they are not alone and that it is possible to thrive. Transgender and non-binary/non-conforming people are doctors, lawyers, entertainers, elected officials, advocates, athletes, teachers, clergy, parents, and so much more. Seeing this breadth of representation can be life-affirming and life-saving.
We are proud to highlight leaders serving on NBJC’s Black Transgender Advisory Council (Black TAC). Members are trailblazers who have re-created notions of what is possible for Black transgender people. Through their breadth of experience, the members of our Black TAC remind us that access to opportunity can facilitate self-actualization and equality. We also celebrate our National Organizing Manager, Camden Hargrove, a Black transgender father and leader who works with grassroots leaders and activists across the country.
We urge the Biden-Harris Administration and U.S. Senate to act immediately in passing the Equality Act and implementing other protections for the trans and non-binary community. International Trans Day of Visibility is an opportunity for lawmakers to conceptualize and draft policies that protect the trans community while also considering laws that must be repealed or rejected.
NBJC is excited to release the first episode of Cup of Tea hosted by Camden Hargrove, NBJC’s National Organizing Manager. Share the video HERE.
We also created a list of organizations and resources we hope will be helpful as you think about ways to celebrate and support transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people. View the list HERE.