On Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid, and Halle Berry signed an open letter to the trans community in support of their rights.
The letter was signed by more than 465 feminist activists, including Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Clinton, and Regina King, to name a few, and was released on March 31 by GLAAD, an American LGBT+ charity.
“We write this letter as feminist leaders in activism, industry, culture, media, politics, and social justice who stand as, with, and for transgender and nonbinary people in honor of Women’s History Month and Transgender Day of Visibility,” the letter reads.
— GLAAD (@glaad) March 31, 2021
Trans women had also become an “integral part of the struggle for gender liberation,” according to the study. “We stand by the fact and condemn the anti-transgender rhetoric and campaigns that we see in different industries.”
“Transgender women are women, and transgender girls are girls,” the letter said, adding that “all of us deserve the same access, freedoms, and opportunities.”
“Equal access to education, jobs, healthcare, housing, leisure, and public accommodations is what we all deserve. And we must uphold each person’s right to bodily autonomy and self-determination,” it emphasized, calling for trans people to have equal rights in all respects.
“Legists have worked for far too long to strip trans women of their civil rights — in 2021, we’ve seen a surge of bigoted legislative policies and legislation,” it said.