Visibility is imperative to positive change. It normalizes those who society has sought to make abnormal. For a marginalized group, like the transgender community, granting a platform for individuals to share their stories and vocalize the injustices they face is key to making any sort of progress. Today, we celebrate that alongside GLAAD on International Trans Day of Visibility.
GLAAD partnered with Instagram; photographer, publisher, and producer Amos Mac, Jacob Tobia; and eight leaders in the transgender community for a video celebrating the good in others. By reading the uplifting and supportive #KindComments they’ve received on Instagram, these nine individuals highlight the importance of visibility. Through them living their lives out loud and outspoken, they help others see possibility; they become a beacon of hope. “Visibility is a collective thing,” Tobia says in the video. “We gotta support each other.” And we will, along with celebrating one another. Trans is beautiful.
Watch the #KindComments video below.
On Transgender Day of Visibility and every day, join GLAAD, Instagram and @jacobtobia in celebrating transgender people by sharing #KindComments – empowering comments that uplift you and others in the trans community. See something? Say something...kind! Spread the on Instagram with #KindComments. #TDOV
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And say hello to the nine leaders here.
Gigi Gorgeous, activist and star of This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
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Zoey Luna, teen activist
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Angelica Ross, transgender advocate
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Trace Lysette, actress
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Jacob Tobia, genderqueer writer and producer
“Visibility is a collective thing; we’ve got to support each other.”-@JacobTobia @JacobTobia is a writer, producer, and leading voice for nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people. As a performer and internet personality, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of gender and find power in living their truth—even when that truth doesn’t fit comfortably within masculinity or femininity. Photo by: @amosmac #KindComments #TDOV
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Schuyler Bailar, student and trans advocate
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Alexandra Grey, actress
Elliot Fletcher, actor
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Rocco Kayiatos, hip-hop recording artist
@roccokatastrophe is a hip-hop artist and launched “Original Plumbing,” a magazine for trans stories, as told by trans men. Join us in celebration by sharing #KindComments – empowering comments that uplift you and others in the trans community. #TDOV Photo by: @amosmac
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