President Biden is letting trans Americans know they are not just seen on this Trans Day of Visibility, but supported as well.
“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we want you to know that we see you just as you are,” a statement from Biden reads. “Made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support. We’ll never stop working to create a world where you won’t have to be brave just to be yourself.”
\u201cOn Transgender Day of Visibility, we want you to know that we see you just as you are:\n\nMade in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support.\n\nWe'll never stop working to create a world where you won't have to be brave just to be yourself.\u201d
The short statement, issued on social media, was also signed by First Lady Jill Biden.
President Biden also issued a longer statement online at WhiteHouse.gov where he called out “MAGA extremists” for “advancing hundreds of hateful and extreme state laws that target transgender kids and their families.”
“Let me be clear: These attacks are un-American and must end. The bullying, discrimination, and political attacks that trans kids face have exacerbated our national mental health crisis,” the statement continues. “More than half of transgender youth say they have seriously considered suicide. Loving parents are terrified for their children’s futures. To help, my Administration is providing dedicated emergency mental health resources: If you’re a transgender young person who needs help, you can call 988 to reach the nationwide suicide prevention and crisis hotline. Press ‘3’ to speak with a counselor specifically trained to support LGBTQI+ youth.”
The Biden administration also pledged to “never quit fighting to end discrimination, to stand against these unjust state laws, and to guarantee everyone the fundamental right and freedom to be who they are.”
In the last several years, trans people have been more visible than ever, however that has also come with increased persecution from the Right. As Republicans learned more about trans people and how many of us there are, they started making more and more laws banning trans healthcare for youth, banning trans people from using the proper bathrooms and facilities, banning trans youth from sports, banning drag performances, banning books on the subject, and restricting what teachers can say about trans identities and people.
If you or a friend are having suicidal thoughts, please know there is a well of support out there to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities. If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, the Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger). Trained counselors at the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at (866) 488-7386, by texting START to 678678, or via the TrevorChat instant messaging service at TheTrevorProject.org/Help.