Today is the Trans Day of Visibility in Brazil. Every year since 1994 in that nation January 29 is celebrated by the local trans community as their day to let their fellow Brazilians know that they exist, their humanity is worthy of recognition and respect, and their human rights need to be protected as well.
Brazil also has unfortunately led the world in the deaths of our transsisters, with one as young as age 14 being murdered last year.
Unfortunately in 2016 they have gotten off to another horrific start in that category with 48 trans women being murdered in Brazil in this month alone, and it needs to stop.
May this day not only open hearts and minds in Brazil, but lead to substantive change in the way the nation treats its trans citizens.