Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

Strength and Resiliency of Transgender People & Communities

On TDoV, the stories of transgender youth and their families, in particular, provide reminders of the strength and resiliency of transgender people and the importance of love and acceptance. Through family and community acceptance and support, nurturing strong connections to people who care, and establishing a positive sense of identity as a transgender person, parents and communities can help foster and strengthen resilience in transgender and gender diverse young people.

  • Many states have significantly improved the process for transgender and nonbinary people to update their name and gender identity on documents. In 2010, 33 states required proof of “sexual reassignment surgery” or had extremely burdensome processes for updating gender markers on driver’s licenses. But by 2021, only eight states had such requirements, and instead over half of states (29) and D.C. use easy-to-understand forms and require either no medical certification or accept certification from a wide range of providers.
  • Additionally, in 2021, 19 states and D.C. have gender-neutral “X” options available for driver’s licenses, and 13 states have such options for birth certificates.

Take Action

  • Call your senators at (202) 224–3121 and tell them why federal nondiscrimination protections like those in the Equality Act are so important to ensure protections for LGBTQ people on things like employment, housing, medical care and education.
  • Pledge your support for the Trans Agenda for Liberation, a community-led guide that addresses the urgent political, legal, and social violence enacted against transgender communities:
  • If you identify as Black and transgender, consider taking a national survey by the Black Futures Lab to better understand opinions on issues affecting Black communities:
  • Learn more about the transgender and nonbinary community on Transgender Day of Visibility:



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