In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute and acknowledge all the trans people who have chosen not to be visible, and remind you that your identity is still valid even if no one knows about it, and you are no less brave for choosing to remain invisible especially if that means it’s safer for you in your current living/ working situation.
In spite of how much hatred there is towards the lgbtq+ community, the little signs of acceptance make me incredibly happy. My brother referring to a trans woman on tv as a woman. Girls holding hands getting smiled at by other girls. All-gender restrooms getting created. How the gsa at my school made rainbow pins, and you find a kid in every friend group with one. How I’m able to talk about liking more than one gender with my friends. When a man casually mentions his boyfriend, and he is just greeted by smiles. Although they seem small, they are so huge to me.
According to University of Connecticut political science professor Jeremy Pressman, between 3.5 million to 4.2 million people marched in the United States alone today (as of 10:30pm EST on 21JAN). These are clearly the largest protests in U.S. history. With solidarity marches across the globe, Women’s March 2017 is without question the largest and most important—and peaceful!—protest march in world history.