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Transgender Day of Visibility 2020

By Charlotte Robinson, March 31, 2020
This year International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) the annual event celebrated on March 31st falls in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people & raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. While we are all in our social distancing mode we should all take a moment & reflect on how we got to this place. The hatred that has brought us here must be addressed so we can all move forward to a more humane & compassionate world. Diego M. Sanchez, APR, Director of Advocacy, Policy & Partnerships for PFLAG National stated, “Before the nation’s focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we in the LGBTQ+ community had been tracking more than 200 dehumanizing & harmful state bills in 19 states. Many specifically target kids who are transgender. PFLAG’s 400 chapters actively oppose these bills & lift up trans kids. Trans kids are the next fierce leaders & it's our role to make sure they get to realize that role.” Last night Idaho Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 500 a law which prohibits transgender students from participating in athletic programs within the state’s K-12 schools & colleges. With all that our country is facing with the coronavirus you would think that this insensitive discriminatory legislation would not be a priority for Idahoans. Braden Summers, Filmmaker & Photographer concluded, "Transgender Day of Visibility serves as a moment for all of us to celebrate the courage it takes to live openly & authentically, helping us confront biases, diminish ignorance & champion our ability to treat others equally, which was also my intention with this film."
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