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Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Sara Jacobs, Mark Pocan, Sen. Brian Schatz Introduce Bicameral Transgender Day of Visibility Resolution

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Co-Chairs of the Transgender Equality Task Force, Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced bicameral legislation to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st, celebrate the many contributions and achievements of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities, and affirm their human rights.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Co-Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, said: “As the proud mother of an incredible trans daughter, the fight for rights for trans people everywhere is personal to me. On this Trans Day of Visibility, I say to every single trans person: I see you, I hear you, and I will stand with you to ensure that you are protected and given the dignity and respect that all people should have. We will never stop fighting for trans rights everywhere, because trans rights are human rights.”

Rep. Sara Jacobs, Co-Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, said: “It’s been amazing to watch my transgender brother and gender non-conforming sibling be their authentic selves and live happily and confidently. I want every trans, GNC, and queer kid to have that same freedom – and that starts with visibility and representation. That’s why I’m so proud to reintroduce this bicameral resolution to recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility and celebrate all their contributions. The LGBTQ+ community has so much to offer our country and the world, and they should always be treated with dignity and respect and have every door open to them. I will keep pushing back against this hateful wave of anti-LGBTQ+ and specifically anti-trans rhetoric and policies until everyone can live freely and authentically.”

“The Equality Caucus and I stand with all trans people, especially in the face of relentless, obsessive attacks from Republicans against the entire transgender community,” said Rep. Mark Pocan, Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus. “Every person should be free to be seen, heard, and live freely, without fear of discrimination, harassment, or violence. Not just on Trans Day of Visibility, but every day, the Equality Caucus will keep working towards a more equal future for the trans community.”

“International Transgender Day of Visibility is about celebrating the transgender community around the world – their achievements, their courage, and their right to live openly and authentically. Truly celebrating them also means raising awareness of the discrimination and violence they continue to face – and reaffirming our commitment to fighting back against any and all attacks. While we’ve made progress over the years – thanks to the bravery of many transgender leaders – the work for full equality, acceptance, and civil rights protections continues,” said Senator Schatz.