On the 31st of March every year transgender men, woman and non binary people celebrate transgender day of visibility. Over the last 3 years the transgender community has has risen with education, important role models speaking up about their experiences and transgender characters staring in Television programmes, films and online.
Today celebrates all of the work that we have done in the past and the present to ensure that the transgender community is heard, noticed and understood and we ensure that future generations behind us don’t go through the struggles that we have too. Today we thank past and present role models who have helped us challenge society and have helped us get to where we are today.
Today I have stood tall, thanked everybody around me for accepting me for who I am and I stand happy and open.
Sadly, sometimes some people don’t have the chance to be visible, coming out as transgender can either change your life in an amazing way, or in the most negative way possible. When you come out people assume that it’s all happiness and rainbows, when this isn’t the case, some individuals may get disowned by friends and family, some individuals may face bullying and harassment, some individuals may be excluded and the list goes on.
We are improving recognition and rights for transgender individuals we still have got a long way to go. Once a week we hear about a transgender individual getting murdered or we hear about transphobic hate crimes and assaults taking place which shouldn’t happen. Yes we are different, yes we are unique and yes we don’t fit a black or white box but that shouldn’t influence whether we should be alive or not. Every single person on this earth is different, we all have different professions, sexuality’s, religions, up bringing’s and the list goes on, but sometimes people forget about that.
Although there are many other transgender individuals who don’t have their visibility, today is the day to show them that they are not alone, they are not isolated and they do have a fantastic support network within the community.
I’m here and I am proud!
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.