Trans Visibility Day

International Transgender Day of Visibility (often referred to as TDOV or Trans Day of Visibility) is an annual event occurring on March dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The event was created by transgender activist Rachel Crandall-Crocker of Michigan in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBTQ+ recognition of transgender people, citing the frustration that the only well-known transgender-centered day was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which mourned the murders of transgender people, but did not acknowledge and celebrate living members of the transgender community. The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on March 31, 2009. It has since been spearheaded by the U.S.-based youth advocacy organization Trans Student Educational Resources. ~Wikipedia

However, Afghan transgender individuals are in the most dire circumstances!

People who identify as members of sexual and gender diversity have faced discrimination in Afghanistan for a long period. Because of their look, traits, and behaviors, transgender people face greater prejudice from the general public.

Unfortunately, this prejudice does not stop here because transgender people are typically the first LGBT group to embrace themselves, starting as early as infancy to their loved ones.

In traditional and backward Eastern Societies like Afghanistan, where the majority of them are either shunned by their families or underestimated, this lack of courage—while an indication of their courage—actually works against them.

Transgender people who are rejected by their families and society are compelled to engage in sex work and circle dancing, and many of them are also become the victims of pedophilia.

The Rainbow Afghanistan Organization has a list of 40–45% Trans individuals who should be evacuated to a safer country. We kindly request the human rights advocates and groups that assist sexual and gender diversity pay attention to us and heed our requests.

Pictures: Laila Saboori and Mohra Faby, Afghan Transgenders.