INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY, YET IDAHO TAKES DISCRIMINATORY ACTIONS AGAINST NON-BINARY PEOPLE.
International Transgender Day of Visibility, held annually on March 31, is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically.
“Transgender and non-binary people face significant cultural, legal and economic challenges, but continue to bravely share their stories, boldly claim their seats at the table and tirelessly push equality forward. The transgender and non-binary community’s pride, power and resilience should be a lesson to us all. As advocates, we must commit to learning together and building a world where every person can truly thrive,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, we must never forget those who still feel invisible even in their own communities and who may live every day with the fear of discrimination or violence, and we must resolve to fight for a world where every transgender and non-binary person is respected and protected.”
Hence, on March 31, in honor of the day, HRC released a new video featuring some of its transgender and non-binary staff and volunteers discussing the need for visibility, the strength of transgender and non-binary voices and the ridiculously large number of bills in the states attacking this community.
Despite such appreciable efforts, Idaho became the first state in the country of 2020 to enact legislation that specifically attacks the transgender community with its discriminatory policies. On March 30, 2 anti-transgender legislation bills were signed, barring transgender women and girls from participating in sports (consistent with their gender identity) and also forbidding transgender and non-binary Idahoans from changing their gender marker on their birth certificates.
Critics say the ban attacks the rights of trans people while proponents argue that it is needed to ensure accurate birth records.
Critics say the legislation limits transgender youth from having the same experiences as their peers. “Anti-trans student-athlete bills like HB 500 deny trans youth the experiences that all students deserve, and single us out for isolation, bullying, and violence,” said Juniperangelica Cordova, Senior Organizer at TRUTH, a youth media and organizing program of Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network and Transgender Law Center.