AHF’s newest affinity group, FLUX, which is dedicated to raising
awareness, increasing visibility, providing support and giving voice for
trans and gender nonconforming individuals, will join the global
community in celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility on
Friday, March 31st.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
and FLUX, a new national organization and affinity network of AHF
dedicated to raising awareness, increasing visibility, providing support
and giving voice for trans and gender nonconforming individuals, will
join the world in celebrating International Transgender Day of
Visibility this Friday.
Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday observed on
March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people
and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people
worldwide. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays
that celebrate transgender people. In 2014, the day was observed by
activists across the world — including in Ireland and
and continues to expand every year.
The significance of having a day of visibility does not go
unappreciated. “The importance of International Day of Trans Visibility
is immeasurable, we must claim our existence, our dignity our humanity
and celebrate our overall awesomeness,” said Queen Victoria Ortega,
Co-Chair of FLUX.
This is a day to show your support for the Trans community. This is a
day of empowerment and recognition. Today, people are encouraged to log
to see the new visibility campaign called Inside
& OUT. This campaign embodies visibility and showcases Trans
people that are changing the world. Queen Victoria underscored, “We want
everyone to be part of it, people are encouraged to be part of the
campaign by posting a picture of themselves with friends and family with
the following tags: #fluxidentity #transisbeautiful #ITDOV.”
Recognition of the existence of trans folk in our population is limited.
The U.S. Census, for example (the largest government-funded population
survey) allows for only two responses: male or female. There is no
option for transgender individuals and therefore no way to broadly count
them, or use that data to address unmet needs. It is the hope of trans
communities across the world that creating and increasing visibility
will help propel the advancement of human rights protections for this
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
712,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare
and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.
Queen Victoria Ortega, Co-chair
L. Torres III, National Strategy Manager