Today we’re celebrating the 7th-annual Transgender Day of Visibility, a day for publicly highlighting the accomplishments of the transgender community and the challenges they face.
This week, transgender Granite Staters and allies have been gearing up for TDOV by sharing videos on social media under the hashtag #EveryoneWelcome, a nationwide campaign that encourages supporters of transgender equality to share a personal message of solidarity.
Granite Staters have a lot to celebrate this year—most notably, #TransBillNH’s record-level of support in the legislature this session, as well as the renewed legislative momentum for these critical non-discrimination protections.
On Tuesday, Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson posted a video in which she spoke candidly about some of her own fears, making the point that although we all have fears, no one should have to fear being discriminated against because of who they are. Yet those are exactly the fears transgender Granite Staters face every day, since New Hampshire has no statewide law prohibiting anti-transgender discrimination in housing, employment, and public places like restaurants, hotels, and doctors offices.
Taking inspiration from Councilor Pearson was Freedom New Hampshire supporter Mitchel Noah. Mitchel says in his video that he’s choosing to be visible on TDOV because when he came out as transgender, he didn’t have many public role models. He wants to make coming out easier for others.
“On Transgender Day Of Visibility, I am Visible because back in 2004- 2005 when I first started to recognize that my gender identity did not match who people thought I was, I did not have many role models. I am visible to let people know that there are others like them, that they are not alone, and that transgender people can and do have happy, productive, full lives.” –Mitchel Noah
The ACLU of New Hampshire, which has been a major ally in the push to pass transgender non-discrimination protections, was also getting in the spirit this week.
— ACLU_New Hampshire (@ACLU_NH) March 29, 2017
Today, we would like to invite all supporters of transgender equality in New Hampshire to tweet @FreedomNH_ with their stories about what it’s like to be transgender in the Granite State and messages of inclusion.
And if you need a little inspiration for crafting your #TDOV message, click here to learn more about the #EveryoneWelcome campaign and how to create your own video.