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28 times trans and non-binary people made history and did truly incredible things in the last year

Vic Parsons March 31, 2020
Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive

Chelsea Manning leaves the district courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 5, 2019. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

On Trans Day of Visibility, we celebrate and honour the trans and non-binary communities around the world.

Visibility is a complex thing. For trans women of colour, visibility can increase the violence aimed at them.

For trans people with a public profile, it can lead to online abuse.

But visibility can be positive. Visibility of our community matters, because we matter.

In the last year, hundreds of positive examples of the power of trans visibility were published.

Here are some of PinkNews’ favourites.

Trans people who came out and it was beautiful.

Catholic college responds to trans man coming out with ‘brilliant’ show of love and support.

Catholic college responds to trans man coming out with 'brilliant' support
Ben Hodges, 20, said his Catholic college had been ‘brilliant’ when he came out as trans. (Liverpool Echo/Screenshot)

Trans woman raised on ‘boxing and bikes’ comes out to her bodybuilder dad and is overwhelmed by the support.

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Elle Lawless and her father, Mike, speaking about her transition (Screenshot: Liverpool Echo)

Trans Day of Visibility: Trans folk who were the first.

Trans woman makes history representing Pakistan at United Nations.

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Aisha Mughal (R) at the United Nations convention (Twitter)

Iconic dating show Blind Date just welcomed its first trans contestant.

Brazilian dancer makes history as first openly trans woman at Carnival to take the prestigious role of ‘godmother of the drummers’.

Brazilian dancer is first trans 'godmother of the drummers' at Carnival
Camila Prins dancing at the Carnival in Sao Paulo. (Twitter/lisaloopners)

Hungary’s first-ever Trans Pride sees hundreds demand the right to change their names and legal gender.

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A person marching in Hungary’s first-ever Trans Pride. (Prizma Transgender Community)

Video game makes history with the first-ever playable transgender character from a major developer.

Pokemon GO just introduced its first-ever non-binary character.

Thousands of trans people take to the streets for first-ever National Trans Visibility March.

People at the National Transgender Visibility March 2019. (Twitter/NYCPride)

A Baptist church is making history with its first transgender pastor.

This astrophysicist could become the first non-binary person to lead a major political party in Canada.

Amita Kuttner: Non-binary astrophysicist announces leadership bid
Amita Kuttner could be the first non-binary person to lead a major political party in Canada. (Amita Kuttner)

London’s first ever Trans+ Pride march – in pictures.

Thousands of transgender people and their allies take to the streets for London’s first ever Trans+ Pride march on 14 September, 2019. (WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chanel just hired its first-ever openly transgender model.

Victoria’s Secret hires first transgender model Valentina Sampaio.

Cuba: first transgender couple get married.

Bre Kidman is the first out non-binary person to run for the US Senate.

Bre Kidman with BLM cofounder Alicia Garza. (Bre Kidman/Facebook)

Japan elects first transgender assemblywoman.

Ayako Fuchigami won one the seat for Sapporo’s Higashi Ward district (Screengrab/Asahi Shimbun)

Dad throws trans son a party to celebrate his transition and it’s the light we need in this dark, dark world.

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Proud dad Dave Scott with his trans son (Twitter/@SillyDrizzy)

Heartwarming video shows a dad cutting his trans son’s hair ahead of a job interview.

Trans and non-binary people did some amazing things.

New York will allow trans kids to change legal gender, after lawsuit from a brave 14-year-old.

This trans person sent 8,000 rainbow cards to LGBT+ people disowned by their families this Christmas.

Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive
Ellis set up the Rainbow Cards Project by themselves three years ago. (GoFundMe/TheRainbowCardsProject)

There’s a record number of trans and non-binary people running for parliament in the UK general election.

More trans people, more amazing things on Trans Day of Visibility.

Trans whistleblower Chelsea Manning has just been made a free woman.

Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive
Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

New York state park to be renamed after trans pioneer Marsha P Johnson.

Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive
Marsha P Johnson (Netflix)

The long-awaited trans Pride flag emoji is finally coming to phones in 2020.

Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive
Unicode will bring in the two new trans emojis later this year. (Unicode)

US linguists select singular ‘they’ as word of the decade.

A transgender woman just made history in the ultra-conservative Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

Trans Day of Visibility: Stories that show how visibility can be positive
Bangladeshi hijras dance in the street during a rally. (Munir Uz Zaman/Getty)

Trans man and trans woman marry in beautiful Indian wedding ceremony.

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