(Pittsburgh) – Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about our vibrant community and bring attention to our fight for equality.
To mark this day, SisTers PGH is supporting our TGNC Youth Collective as they organize a Rally for Trans Lives on Fri., March 31, at 5:00 PM outside the City County Building in downtown Pittsburgh.
This year’s observance is especially critical as state houses across the U.S. pass bills aimed at erasing and endangering our lives. Here in Pennsylvania, HB138 was recently introduced by Republicans that aims to demean the process of transitioning. Another bill would ban transgender girls from competing in high school girls sports.
We must continue to speak up and be visible in the face of these attacks as the rhetoric becomes even more extreme and violent. We also must uplift those who are organizing actions in this fight, including students at Pitt who are protesting the university’s decision to allow blatantly transphobic speakers on campus to debate our existence.
SisTers PGH will also continue to support trans youth and allow them to lead in the manner they see fit, as they are the flame that lights our way forward. We must also ensure seniors in the trans community are heard, as they have a unique perspective on the times.
If you are interested in speaking at our TDOV rally on March 31, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stipends will be provided for speakers.