Charting the Course for Transgender Visibility

March 31, 2021

Rebecca Solen 2019 Affirmation International Conference

by Rebecca Solen, Affirmation Vice President

It is common for graduating high school seniors to submit a quote that means something to them. I remember many years ago that I submitted a quote that really stuck out to me. In 1928, John A. Shedd wrote, “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” As a transgender member of society, I know the draw of being able to physically blend into society and live my life away from any further scrutiny. But, I also know that I have been given an opportunity — a chance to make life better for those who are still struggling to simply be themselves. I firmly believe that humanity as a whole has a responsibility to care for each other. We’ve been made for this purpose.

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. For several years now, I have found a great amount of purpose in figuratively sailing into open waters, trying to help the world understand what it means to be transgender. In the process, I have met many other wonderful people who have been working toward the same cause. We have made many strides in terms of being visible. We still have a long way to go.

Affirmation stands with transgender people and works to prevent trans erasure and violence. Affirmation is an advocate for inclusion and healthcare for all transgender people. Trans rights are, and always will be human rights. While we all have our individual places of safety, Affirmation is a unique harbor to help strengthen us all as we sail out to make the world a better place.

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