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File #: 210251    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/25/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/8/2021
Title: Recognizing March 31, 2021 as International Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world, raise awareness about the unique struggles and discrimination they face, and honor their resilience and success.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21025100, 2. Signature21025100
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Recognizing March 31, 2021 as International Transgender Day of Visibility to celebrate transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world, raise awareness about the unique struggles and discrimination they face, and honor their resilience and success.

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WHEREAS, Transgender Day of Visibility was founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, a transgender activist who was inspired by the fact that there was no holiday to celebrate transgender people. At the time, the only commemoration for transgender people was Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to mourn victims of hate crimes; and

WHEREAS, While Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorates those have suffered and died at the hands of discrimination, Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates living members of the transgender community and what it means to be transgender. It takes action in educating, spreading awareness, and changing biases; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has witnessed brutal homicides against transgender people in the last year. In June 2020, 27-year-old Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells was brutally murdered. Her body was found on the banks of the Schuylkill River Trail. In September 2020, 29-year-old Mia Green was found fatally shot during a traffic stop. The City of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs issued a statement in 2020 acknowledging the "epidemic of violence against trans individuals" in our country; and

WHEREAS, A 2018 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that 52% of anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2017 were committed against trans and gender non-conforming people, and 40% of anti-LGBTQ homicides were committed against trans women of color. Transgender people of color are especially likely to endure police mistreatment; and

WHEREAS, Transgender people experience significantly higher unemployment rates than their cisgender peers. In a 2020 survey, over 25% of respondents reported being fired due to their trans or gender non-conforming identity. This rate ...

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