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2022 Trans Day of Visibility

ABILENE—Today, the Abilene PRIDE Alliance (APA), Abilene and the Big Country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, honors the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Held annually on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. APA & other advocates also use the day to raise awareness around discrimination and violence that trans people still face.

We are saddened and infuriated that the governor of the state of Texas has chosen to use at-risk children and their parents as a blatant scapegoat. This obvious and calculated political decision puts transgender children in further harm. According to recent studies, as many as 40% of transgender teenagers have reported attempting suicide. Not because these children are broken, incorrect, or immoral, but because the way adults treat them is broken, incorrect, and immoral. No matter who you are or where you come from, Texans believe that everyone is endowed with the right to live unencumbered by the boot of those in power on their necks.

Sam Hatton (President, APA)

While we recognize and celebrate our gains as a community, we also know there is much more work to be done. In February, the APA, held a TRANS Town Hall where we worked to disperse information that parents, trans youth, and allies could use in the current fight against discrimination in Texas.

Transgender and non-binary people continue to face legislative and executive attacks across Texas and the United States.  Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton took unprecedented steps to prevent transgender youth from accessing medically necessary, gender-affirming care by threatening to charge parents and medical care professionals who see transgender children with child abuse.

While today represents a much-needed opportunity to celebrate trans stories and uplift trans lives, we must acknowledge the violence faced by transgender and non-binary people and that we remember that Black and Brown transgender women are especially at risk. In November 2021, the APA partnered with the Abilene Community Theater to highlight the transgender lives lost last year. Sadly, 2021 was the deadliest year yet on record for Trans Americans. At least 57 trans or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. tragically lost their lives in violence. There have been eight deaths this year that we know of.

We will work hard to make sure that transgender lives in our community are protected and advocated for especially in these difficult times.

Editorial Team
Author: Editorial Team

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