Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated on March 31st of every year to bring attention to the accomplishments and resilience of transgender and gender-nonconforming people worldwide. It's an opportunity to celebrate the progress toward equality while acknowledging the work that still needs to be done. In honor of this day, we've compiled a list of top transgender speakers who have significantly contributed to the community.
At just 17 years old, Gavin Grimm became a well-known figure in the fight for transgender rights. He sued his school district in Virginia for banning him from using the boys' restroom. His case went to the Supreme Court, ultimately sending it back to a lower court. Grimm's activism has helped to raise awareness about the discrimination that transgender students face in schools across the country.
Geena Rocero is a Filipino-American model, producer, and transgender rights activist. In 2014, she gave a powerful TED talk about her journey as a transgender woman and the importance of transgender rights. She also founded Gender Proud, a non-profit organization that advocates for transgender rights worldwide.
Shane Ortega is a retired US Army veteran and transgender activist. He made history as the first openly transgender person to serve in the US military. Ortega has also been an advocate for the rights of transgender service members, speaking out against the military's ban on transgender individuals.
Angelica Ross is an actress and transgender rights activist. She is best known for her role in the television series Pose and for founding TransTech Social Enterprises. This non-profit organization provides job training and support for transgender individuals. Ross has been a powerful voice for transgender rights and has worked to increase the visibility and representation of transgender people in media.
Amy Schneider is a transgender woman and "Jeopardy!" champion. She holds the record for the third-longest winning streak in the show's history and has been a vocal advocate for transgender rights. In addition, Schneider has used her platform to raise awareness about the issues that transgender people face and to promote equality and acceptance.
These top transgender speakers have significantly contributed to the transgender community through activism, advocacy, and representation. They are powerful examples of the resilience and strength of transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
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