Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague has declared March 31, 2022, Transgender Day of Visibility. Transgender Day of Visibility is a celebration of the accomplishments and diversity of the transgender community, a recognition of the challenges they face, helps bring awareness to anti-transgender hate crimes, and honors of the memories of those hurt and killed by anti-transgender violence each year.

The transgender community has demonstrated resiliency and courage for generations, and their efforts have helped our world move closer to equality. Activism, advocacy, and trailblazing have given trans individuals the support and bravery needed to live their most authentic lives. The estimated 2 million or more transgender people in the United States serve in a multitude of professions and are vital to our communities.

The Iowa City community is encouraged to reflect upon the resilience and contributions of the transgender community and commit to advancing their rights.

Mayor Teague made the proclamation at the Iowa City City Council's March 22 meeting and it was accepted by Ashley Lindley, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Commission. The Transgender flag will be flown at City Hall from March 31 - April 7 in recognition of Transgender Day of Visibility. 

Watch Mayor Teague and Commissioner Lindley's comments here.

Date of publication

Wednesday, March 30, 2022