Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility
Originally published by LGBT+ Liberal Democrats
Today, just like 31 March every year, is the Trans Day of Visibility. It's a day for lifting up and celebrating trans voices in public life. We know that there are countless brilliant trans politicians and activists doing amazing work in their communities. Here are seven to get you started.
- Lisa van Ginneken
First on our list is Lisa van Ginneken. Lisa is a Dutch politician for our sister party, D66. From 2017-2021 she was the chair of Transvisie, an advocacy group for trans people in the Netherlands. D66 had a fantastic performance at recent national elections, and Lisa will take her seat - the first trans person in the Netherlands to do so - today! Lisa is on Twitter @LisaGinneken
- Charley Hasted
If you're a member of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats, then you'll definitely have come across our fantastic Vice Chair, Charley Hasted. Charley is an NHS emergency services worker and unpaid carer from Lambeth. They have stood for Parliament for Eltham in 2019, and are currently running as a List Candidate for the London Assembly - the first non-binary person to do so! You can find Charley on Twitter at @CharleyHasted and can support the London Assembly campaign here.
- Kobe Bibbon
In 2020 Kobe Bibbon wrote a piece for Lib Dem Voice entitled "Young, liberal and ready to fight for trans representation on Manchester Council" and that sums them up pretty well. Kobe is the trans rep for Young Liberals, and in 2021 is standing for Longsight Ward as part of the Manchester Lib Dems team. Kobe has been outspoken about the barriers trans people face in accessing health services. Kobe is on Twitter at @KobeBibbon and you can support their campaign with the Manchester Lib Dems here.
- Helen Belcher
Helen Belcher will be a familiar name to many Liberal Democrats and LGBT+ activists. She has been featured on The Independent's Rainbow List and has twice stood for Parliament in Chippenham. She also confounded Trans Media Watch, which aims to improve the representation of trans people in the UK media. In 2021 she will be standing to retain her seat on Corsham council. Find Helen on Twitter @HelenCBelcher. You can support her campaign here.
- Audrey Tang
Since 2016, Audrey Tang has been Taiwan's Digital Minister. Over the course of 2020, she has been praised for her responsiveness to the pandemic (see this feature by Wired). She has been described as one of the "ten greatest Taiwanese computing personalities". Audrey's other work in government has revolved around the sharing economy and radical transparency. Audrey is on Twitter @AudreyT
- Sarah McBride
As well as the defeat of Donald Trump, another highlight of the 2020 US Elections was the election of Sarah McBride. Sarah was one of a cohort of trans politicians elected to state houses across the country. She is now a member of the Delaware Senate. She has been the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, and is credited with the passage of major legislation in Delaware outlawing discrimination on the basis of gender identity. In 2016, she was also the first openly trans person to address a major party convention in American history. You can find Sarah on Twitter @SarahEMcbride
- Petra De Sutter
Petra De Sutter has a background as an accomplished doctor and gynecology professor, and in 2020 became Europe's first ever out transgender minister. Petra is Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and a member of Groen (the Flemish Green party in Belgium). Earlier this year she announced plans for Belgium to legally recognise non-binary people (read more here). Petra is on Twitter @pdsutter.
By the time the Trans Day of Visibility comes around in 2022 we hope to have many more trans candidates and Parliamentary candidates within the Liberal Democrats to tell you about. Join us today or chip in to our fighting fund to help support our work.