March 31st each year is a day to celebrate the contributions of trans people to our lives and to our culture.
Trans women and femmes of color have made major contributions to the Gay Civil rights movement, playing a large part in the Stonewall uprising.
This year, a record number of out transgender individuals made history by being elected to various levels of government. And recently the Biden administration appointed Dr Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, to be the Secretary of Health.
It is also a day to raise awareness of the discrimination and bias trans folx face every day, in this country and abroad. Their fight for equality is a civil rights issue. Right now there are hundreds of anti-trans bills targeting trans girls in particular to prevent them from participating in sports based on their gender identity. This is despite the fact that there is no actual hard evidence to prove that trans girls are at some ‘unfair advantage’ over cis girls.
And a new crop of legislation aimed at preventing doctors from providing gender affirming treatment to minors. This is despite trans youth being treated with hormones as far back as the 1940s by Dr Harry Benjamin, a German born, American endocrinologist.
To learn more about these bills and how to fight them, check out organizations such as the ACLU, National Center for Transgender Equality, Trans Justice Funding Project.