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The vital recognition and celebration of transgender life is brought to the forefront of our awareness during International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. The day was first recognized in 2010 to dispel harmful myths about transgender people and encourage them to live full lives as their true selves.

Gender-diverse people have always existed and have been documented in writings as early as 3000 BCE, yet a lack of knowledge about this has resulted in bias against transgender people. Currently, there are 430 bills throughout the country threatening the basic human rights and safety of transgender (and other LGBTQ+) people — even here in Washington. Gender-affirming care for youth and adults is also being threatened despite the research that shows this care is essential for preventing suicide — especially among young people — and promoting well-being among transgender and non-binary people.

While we hold space for these challenges, it is also important to celebrate trans joy and the resilience of trans people and for allies to show support. Here are just a few ways to do that.

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