The Democratic National Committee will host its first-ever Transgender Visibility Day celebration on Thursday with an event at City Hall featuring trans elected and appointed, activists and allies.
The event will also provide the first look at a new DNC program, titled Democrats Are Out and Proud, which aims to engage LGBTQ+ voters, volunteers and potential candidates.
Town hall attendees will include Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the first trans person to hold a Senate confirmed office (joining in a personal rather than official capacity) ; Delaware Senator Sarah McBride, the first trans state senator; Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund; Honey Mahogany, chairman of the Democratic Party of San Francisco; DNC President Jaime Harrison; and DNC LGBTQ Caucus Chairman Earl Fowlkes. The DNC’s Director of LGBTQ Coalitions, Sam Alleman, will be the moderator.
The event begins at 7 p.m. EST and can be viewed here.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate trans and queer Democrats and discuss how the party’s platform can address community issues. Attendees will also consider what the Biden-Harris administration has accomplished for the trans population and what more they would like to see happen.
The Democrats Are Out and Proud program is an initiative of the DNC’s LGBTQ Caucus to engage and invest in LGBTQ+ volunteers, support Democratic LGBTQ+ people running for office, and harness the political power of the LGBTQ+ community. Its goals include building additional party infrastructure in the form of new caucuses, advisory councils and clubs wherever possible; develop a 50-state organizing, media, and brand strategy to define the Democratic Party as the best option for LGBTQ+ Americans; and engage new LGBTQ+ voters and allies. The DNC’s LGBTQ caucus is also launching an ad hoc trans committee to provide recommendations and advice on how the party can better engage this community.
LGBTQ+ voters are one of the largest Democratic electoral blocs. Eighty-one percent of them voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020, according to a poll sponsored by GLAAD, and large majorities also backed Democrats in the bottom races.
“The Democratic Party is committed to supporting the trans community and raising issues that matter to them, especially in the face of the Republican Party’s heinous attacks targeting trans and queer youth,” Alleman said. “We know the LGBTQ community is one of the fastest growing electoral blocs and will be critical to our success in the midterm elections, and that’s why Democrats are proud and working hard to mobilize and win their votes with programming tailored specifically to them.”