International Transgender Day of Visibility marks 12th anniversary

Video by Chloe Wright 

March 31 marked the 12th anniversary of International Transgender Day of Visibility.

The day aims to celebrate the successes and resilience of the gender non-conforming and transgender people. 

Alex Svendsen, a student at Middlesex University, said: “It makes me feel recognised, although I wish there wasn’t such a big stigma [surrounding the day].

“The majority of people who are trans want to be a man or a woman, not a trans man, or a trans woman.”

The Government estimates between 200,000 and 500,000 people living in the UK are transgender. The recent census will hopefully provide more clarity on these figures.

A Government LGBT+ survey carried out found 67 per cent of people had “avoided being open about their gender identity for fear of a negative reaction from others”.

If you believe you might be transgender and do not know what it means or what to do, Switchboard LGBT+ helpline are available to help.

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