President Joe Biden on Thursday proclaimed March 31, 2023 as "Transgender Day of Visibility," a move that marked his third time making such a proclamation as president, since he had previously proclaimed March 31, in both 2021 and 2022, a "Transgender Day of Visibility."
"Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the joy, strength, and absolute courage of some of the bravest people I know — people who have too often had to put their jobs, relationships, and lives on the line just to be their true selves," Biden's 2023 proclamation declares. "Today, we show millions of transgender and nonbinary Americans that we see them, they belong, and they should be treated with dignity and respect. Their courage has given countless others strength, but no one should have to be brave just to be themselves."
"Transgender Americans shape our Nation's soul — proudly serving in the military, curing deadly diseases, holding elected office, running thriving businesses, fighting for justice, raising families, and much more," Biden's proclamation read. "A wave of discriminatory State laws is targeting transgender youth, terrifying families and hurting kids who are not hurting anyone."
"I call upon all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating violence and discrimination against all transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people," Biden declared.
In a letter earlier this month, Vice President Kamala Harris lauded transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney, expressing gratitude for Mulvaney's "dedication and courage."
A transgender woman from Argentina was among the honorees at the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and first lady Jill Biden at the White House earlier this month.
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