LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and FLUX, a new national organization and affinity network of AHF dedicated to raising awareness, increasing visibility, providing support and giving voice for trans and gender nonconforming individuals, will join the world in celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility this Friday.
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday observed on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays that celebrate transgender people. In 2014, the day was observed by activists across the world — including in Ireland and in Scotland and continues to expand every year.
The significance of having a day of visibility does not go unappreciated. “The importance of International Day of Trans Visibility is immeasurable, we must claim our existence, our dignity our humanity and celebrate our overall awesomeness,” said Queen Victoria Ortega, Co-Chair of FLUX.
This is a day to show your support for the Trans community. This is a day of empowerment and recognition. Today, people are encouraged to log onto www.fluxidentity.org to see the new visibility campaign called Inside & OUT. This campaign embodies visibility and showcases Trans people that are changing the world. Queen Victoria underscored, “We want everyone to be part of it, people are encouraged to be part of the campaign by posting a picture of themselves with friends and family with the following tags: #fluxidentity #transisbeautiful #ITDOV.”
Recognition of the existence of trans folk in our population is limited. The U.S. Census, for example (the largest government-funded population survey) allows for only two responses: male or female. There is no option for transgender individuals and therefore no way to broadly count them, or use that data to address unmet needs. It is the hope of trans communities across the world that creating and increasing visibility will help propel the advancement of human rights protections for this marginalized population.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 712,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.