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Hirono Joins Colleagues in Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility

~ March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility ~

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined 26 of her Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, uplift the contributions and bravery of the transgender community worldwide, and highlight the continuing discrimination the community faces.

“Today, we celebrate the bravery, resilience, and contributions of the transgender community and reaffirm our commitment to helping ensure all people—regardless of their identity—can feel safe in our communities and live freely with dignity and respect,” said Senator Hirono. “No one should have to live in fear for simply existing as their authentic self. At a time when transgender people continue to face discrimination and violence,  I will keep fighting to combat hate and advance justice for the LGBTQ+ community.”

The resolution, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), was also cosponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Peter Welch (D-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), John Fetterman (D-PA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Laphonza Butler (D-CA).

The resolution is supported by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Congressional Equality Caucus. A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA).

The full text of the resolution is available here.