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The Importance of Recognizing International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31, 2023


Transgender Movement

March 31st is recognized as the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to highlighting the experiences and struggles faced by the transgender community across the globe. Gender identity, unfortunately, remains to be one of the most discriminated aspects of an individual in modern society, and it is essential that we celebrate diversity and raise awareness for the transgender community. This Explore aims to delve deeper into the alarming statistics linked with the discrimination, violence, and mental health associated with gender dysphoria, the term commonly used to describe a deeply distressing disconnect between one's gender and their physical body. Let us focus on the importance of recognizing, supporting, and celebrating the transgender community internationally.

The transgender community is constantly pushed to the periphery by society. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 78% of trans individuals endured harassment, 41% had attempted suicide, and 53% had experienced verbal, physical, or sexual assault. These figures depict the cruel reality facing transgender individuals each day. The alarming rates of murder and suicide merely scratch the surface of the depth of mental health struggles and outpouring of support needed for this community.

Many people mistake gender dysphoria as an individual's preference or a personal decision. In reality, it is a mental condition that causes deep distress and discomfort in individuals who feel that their gender does not align with their body. The impact of gender dysphoria is overwhelming, and instead of understanding and support, many individuals are forced into seclusion, denial, and self-harm.

Tied together, the discrimination faced by trans people, along with the rate of suicide, depression, and anxiety, highlights the urgency of creating an inclusive environment for this community. It is vital that we create a culture of respect, understanding, and acceptance, where everyone can feel comfortable and be who they are without fear of persecution. Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility is a step in the right direction.

Visibility, in the form of recognition and society's correct use of pronouns, is crucial. It goes a long way in determining a sense of community support and alleviates a sense of isolation faced by many trans people. Research has shown that supportive measures such as the correct use of pronouns can significantly reduce the stress and anxiety felt by trans individuals. Words hold power.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is a chance for society to take the next step towards our aim of building a more accepting and equitable world. This day serves as a reminder that we must work towards a society where everyone, including the transgender community, feels recognized and valued, and their rights are protected. Only through acceptance, respect, and education, can we hope to achieve this goal. Let us celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility by uplift the voices of this community, promoting awareness and inclusivity, and standing by them at all times.

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Kollyn Conrad


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March 20th 2023

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