March 31, 2021
March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility. It’s a day to celebrate transgender people and to recognize the ongoing discrimination faced by trans people every day.
Locally, again this year, the Talbot County Council voted unanimously to recognize the International Transgender Day of Visibility. An important step. This past Sunday I attended the TransLiance and Gender Expression Movement panel conversation, where members of the trans community shared their challenges with employment, healthcare and service availability on the eastern shore. The conversation also included participants’ stories of finding needed pockets of affirmation and support from family, friends and the wider community.
At the national level, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, this week denounced recent policy actions which do harm to the trans community, noting, “Bills moving through state legislatures across the country attacking trans people, their lives, wellbeing, rights and access to healthcare are based in fear and hate. We must urge our state leaders to oppose these efforts to undermine equity for all. To the trans people in my life and everywhere, please know that I hold you in deep love, respect and dignity. I pray for the day when no one is forced outside the circle of love and all people can live and grow and thrive in their own identities.”
Policies come in many forms and they have a spillover effect. We need to stay vigilant and support policies of inclusion and non-discrimination everywhere.
I add my prayers to Rev. Frederick-Gray’s. May we together do the necessary work so all will be able to live and grow and thrive in their own identities.