Transgender Day of Visibility
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Trans people are just like everyone else. We have families and we have jobs, we go to school and are as good at doing anything an average human being can. We’re dads, moms, sisters and brothers, neighbours and law-abiding citizens who traverse this country just like everyone else. Unlike the average Jamaican, transgender people are marginalised in Jamaican society and face isolation, harassment and abusive treatment – including physical and sexual violence.
On March 31 of every year, we celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Why? The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.
Here in Jamaica, there are a growing number of visible trans and gender non-conforming individuals who are reclaiming spaces and integrating themselves into nation-building.
Trans people deserve to be included, not just in statistics related to health and HIV, but for the people we are.