Recognizing International Transgender Day of Visibility

At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified work opportunities for individuals in underserved communities all over the world. By ethically sourcing and purchasing artisan-made goods, we support sustainable income opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights. Today we are recognizing International Transgender Day of Visibility. 

Annually on March 31 across the globe, International Transgender Day of Visibility has been recognized to raise awareness for transgender rights. According to The Williams Institute’s research, in 2011, it was reported that 0.3 percent (700,000 people) of the population in the United States identifies as transgender.  

What does it mean to be transgender?

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identifies transgender as people who identify as their opposite sex or non-binary – somewhere else on or outside of the spectrum of what we understand gender to be

Transgender people face discrimination based on how they choose to identify. According to the HRC, transgender individuals face the following adversities:

  • Lack of legal protection
  • Poverty
  • Harassment and stigma
  • Anti-transgender violence
  • Barriers to healthcare
  • Identity documents

Transgender or non-binary people will either lose their job, not be considered for a higher position, or experience job bias, according to the data found by A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. This results in homelessness, living under the poverty line, seeking underground employment, and declining health. There is a lack of research and awareness for transgender and non-binary wage inequality. Transwomen of color are the most vulnerable, as they are the highest in risk of poverty, homelessness, discrimination, racism, transphobia, and other hate-related acts. 

The Little Market recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility and its message of accepting individuals for who they are. We advocate and acknowledge human rights for everyone, regardless of their background or how they identify.  

Resources

If you or a friend are in need of help or support, you may call these toll-free hotlines or visit their websites:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline  – Call 1-888-843-4564

If you have experienced, witnessed, or have knowledge of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, or stalking and are in need of help, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-467. And identify your workplace or school’s resources for sexual assault-related incidents.

Sources
Gates, Gary J. How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender? The Williams Institute. April 2011. Web.
Understanding the Transgender Community. The Human Rights Campaign. Web. 

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