Today is International Day of Transgender Visibility — a day to lift up and celebrate the amazing trans members in our community. Particularly when it comes to trans and nonbinary folks, visibility matters — according to GLAAD, while 90% of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual, only 16% of American know someone who is transgender. So the continued success and visibility of trans actors, advocates and authors — like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Jazz Jennings, and Tiq Milan — truly matter.
Today is also a day, however, to recognize how far we have yet to go to do right on behalf of the trans community — 2020 was the deadliest year on record for trans people across the country, particularly Black and Brown trans people, who continue to be subjected to disproportionate levels of discrimination and violence within the broader LGBTQ community. We are not safe until every last member of our community is safe.
Violence against trans people continues to be perpetrated in the streets — and it is fueled by hateful pieces of legislation in state houses across the country. The Human Rights Campaign reports that out of 192 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country right now, 93 specifically target transgender people.
The latest trend among these bills targets children. Hate groups across the country are attempting to ban the ability of trans girls to play in sports — citing "fairness", despite zero evidence that trans, female-identified athletes have any advantage over their cisgender peers. But a lack of scientific backing, of course, has and will always be a hallmark of the attacks against the LGBTQ community.
Trans dads also represent an important and growing part of the broader LGBTQ parenting community — and this week, we were thrilled to bring you the stories of Kayden Coleman who created birth classes classes to help other transmasculine dads deliver their kids, and Bennett Kasper-Williams — who is an example of the importance of visibility: he was inspired to carry his own child after seeing an increase in visibility of other trans men doing the same.
We at GWK are happy to celebrate this important day within our community — and promise to continue increasing the visibility of trans and nonbinary dad within our pages by doing what we do best: telling stories, providing resources, and advocating for queer and trans dads and dads to be.