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Trans people protested worldwide this week on the Transgender Day of Visibility

Activists and supporters of LGBTQ community take part in a rally to mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility in Kolkata on March 31, 2022. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Activists and supporters of LGBTQ community take part in a rally to mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility in Kolkata on March 31, 2022. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Transgender people and allies rallied around the world to honor the International Transgender Day of Visibility with demonstrations, performances, and protests.

In the United States, trans Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider took questions at the White House Press Briefing Room; in Ukraine, LGBTQ Nation correspondent Sarah Ashton-Cirillo shared photos to turn the day on its ear as a trans journalist making the plight of the Ukrainian people visible. Pop star Ariana Grande threw down $1.5 million to fight GOP attacks on trans youth in the United States.

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And in India, activists, and supporters rallied in Kolkata. The country’s Supreme Court has ruled that trans individuals constitute a third gender under the law, but, as in the United States, trans people face regular abuse by police and public violence. While the country has laws to protect trans people from discrimination, they have to register as transgender with the government and that requires gender confirmation surgery – which is out of reach financially for the bulk of the community.

Known as hijras, transgender people have been a part of Indian society since antiquity. Under British rule, trans people were persecuted as morally wrong, and the colonial leftover prejudice still remains.

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