Easter Sunday is designated as the Transgender Day of Visibility by US President Biden

Apr 17, 2024 | International | 0 comments

President Joe Biden has officially declared Easter Sunday as the “Transgender Day of Visibility,” a significant move to honour and raise awareness about transgender individuals and the discrimination they often endure.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility, established on March 31, 2009, has been celebrated annually to recognize and support transgender people worldwide. President Biden’s proclamation, backed by the US Constitution, underscores the nation’s commitment to promoting equality and combatting gender-based discrimination.

In his statement, President Biden called upon all Americans to join efforts in uplifting transgender individuals and striving towards a society free from violence and prejudice based on gender identity. He highlighted his administration’s dedication to LGBTQ+ activism, including the appointment of transgender leaders and the reversal of the ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the military.

However, despite progress in LGBTQ+ rights, challenges persist, as evidenced by recent events. The Nigerian Police Force issued a warning to LGBTQ+ individuals, cautioning them to avoid the country and threatening to pursue legal action against them. This warning came in response to a viral video featuring members of the LGBTQ+ community participating in the “Of Course” challenge, with the police labelling them as “criminals.”

President Biden’s declaration of the Transgender Day of Visibility underscores the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and highlights the need for continued advocacy and support to ensure equality and acceptance for all individuals, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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