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International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021 – March 31

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International transgender day of visibilityInternational Transgender Day of Visibility is annually observed across the globe on 31st March to celebrate the lives of Transgender people and to educate the general public about the history of Transgender.

Aim:

The day aims to create awareness about the discrimination and violence faced by the trans people.

Background:

i.The International Transgender Day of Visibility was founded by Rachel Crandall, the US Based transgender activist in 2009.

ii.The first International Transgender Day of Visibility was held on 31st March 2009. 

Note:

The day focuses on trans people and the allies of the trans community who reach out to trans people.

Events:

i.The National Center for Transgender Equality, the largest non-profit group advocating for trans right, hosted an online award ceremony to honour the trans leaders.

ii.The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs hosted a trans flag raising on 31st March.

Discrimination against Trans community:

i.The trans community women of colour faces various forms of discrimination including transphobia, racism, classism, misogyny and misogynoir.

ii.Due to discrimination against trans community, around 20% of trans people engage in underground economy.

India’s efforts to support Trans:

i.The Governemnt of India has constituted the India’s first 30 member National Council for Transgender Persons to advice, monitor and evaluate measures to protect the people of Trans community.

ii.In November 2020, The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment launched the “National Portal for Transgender Persons” and inaugurated the Garima Greh: A Shelter Home for Transgender Person in Vadora, Gujarat.

iii.The Cyberabad Police launched India’s first transgender Community Desk at Gachibowli Police station in Hyderabad, Telangana. This is the first ever gender inclusive community policing initiative of India.