Today is the annually held Trans Day Of Visibility - and LGBT organisations and celebrities have been busy celebrating the occasion.
LGBT charity Stonewall tweeted: “We as a community have overcome, through kindness and understanding, for generations. This #TransDayofVisibility, look after yourself. Practise self-care, and remember, now more than ever, it’s okay not to be okay.”
Meanwhile, the National Diversity Awards tweeted: “The aim of today is to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.”
LGBT Foundation wrote: “For some, being visible today may not be possible and may even be dangerous. We see you and we love you.”
Among the celebrities making their voices heard was actor Stephen Fry, who said: “I just want to salute and send my love and support to all my trans friends and all trans followers and people.
“They face enough difficulties in stepping up to who they really are and becoming who they know they were born to be.
“We all, really, owe it to them to show our support and to fight against transphobia, which is an ugly scar in the world at the moment.
“So sending lots and lots of love, and hope you’re all keeping safe and well.”
Writing about the annual celebration, Stonewall’s Senior Trans Engagement Officer, Toryn Glavin, said: Celebrating Trans Day Of Visibility without the constant vitriol aimed at the trans community for the first time in years is a strange experience.
“It’s a breath of oxygen we needed. A moment where we’re not the target and we can live and be our authentic selves. It’s staggering to me that a global crisis, unprecedented in the modern world, had to be the catalyst for this cessation in hostilities.
“Unfortunately, we can’t discuss the beauty and vitality of the trans community this year, without also touching on the pain and distress this crisis is causing trans communities. This is a difficult situation for everyone, we need to come together as a global community and show solidarity and love. Especially those of us in marginalised communities.”
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