Today, Philadelphia FIGHT is proud to join the global community in celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). This annual event, observed on March 31st, not only highlights the importance of visibility and representation but also provides a platform to raise awareness about the discrimination and violence faced by transgender people, as well as the harmful impact of anti-trans legislation. FIGHT stands with the transgender community to celebrate their resilience, courage, and achievements.
In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in anti-trans legislation across the United States. These bills often target transgender individuals’ access to healthcare, sports participation, and the use of public facilities corresponding to their gender identity. Such legislation perpetuates the marginalization of transgender people and exacerbates the discrimination they face daily.
The consequences of these bills are far-reaching, impacting the mental and physical well-being of transgender individuals. According to a study by The Trevor Project, over half of transgender and nonbinary youth have seriously considered suicide. This alarming statistic is further worsened by the discrimination they face due to anti-trans legislation.
As Philadelphia FIGHT celebrates International Transgender Day of Visibility, let us all join in the fight for transgender rights and equality. By understanding the challenges they face all.
Resources for Trans and Non-binary Youth
If you or a young trans person you know needs housing support, including eviction prevention, rent support, emergency services, and harm reduction supplies, please call Valley Youth House at 1-888-468-7315.
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If you or a young trans person you know needs physical or mental healthcare services that are gender-affirming and youth-friendly, please call Y-HEP Health Center at 215-344-1632.
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If you or a young trans person you know is looking to meet other trans and non-binary youth or get connected to community and social services, please check out the Attic Youth Center at atticyouthcenter.org.
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If you or a young person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs to immediately talk to a mental health professional, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” 678-678.
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To gain a better understanding of the transgender community, the importance of International Transgender Day of Visibility, and the harmful impact of anti-trans legislation, we encourage you to explore the following resources:
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE): The NCTE is a leading advocacy organization that focuses on advancing transgender equality. Their website offers extensive resources, reports, and policy recommendations for allies and the transgender community. (https://transequality.org/)
- GLAAD: As a prominent media advocacy organization, GLAAD actively works to promote fair and accurate portrayals of the LGBTQ+ community. They offer resources to educate and inform about transgender issues, as well as ways to support the transgender community. (https://www.glaad.org/transgender)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The HRC is the largest national LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, working to advance equality for all. Their website provides information on the state of transgender equality and the impact of anti-trans legislation. (https://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender)
- PFLAG: PFLAG is the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and allies. They provide resources to help foster understanding, acceptance, and support within families and communities. (https://pflag.org/)
- The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is a leading organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth. They offer resources and research on the mental health of transgender and nonbinary youth, as well as ways to combat anti-trans legislation. (https://www.thetrevorproject.org/)