Common Defense Celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility


WASHINGTON — Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate and support the transgender and nonbinary community. This year, as states across the country pass more anti-trans legislation, it’s more important than ever for us to recognize, uplift, and support our trans siblings.

Common Defense Executive Director Jose Vasquez released the following statement:

“All too often, veterans are painted as a conservative monolith and presumed to be white, cisgender, and male–but that could not be further from the truth. The veteran community is incredibly diverse, and today on Transgender Day of Visibility, we specifically uplift and celebrate trans veterans. They risked their lives to defend our fundamental freedoms while the country they served  attacked theirs.

These attacks – like the discriminatory legislation being considered in states such as Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa – undermine our Constitutional rights. It is an abhorrent attempt to dehumanize people, and disgrace the service and sacrifice of our trans service members and veterans who deserve nothing less than the utmost dignity and respect. 

“To our trans members and veterans, we want you to know that we see you, we hear you, we fight for you, and we accept you fully for who you are. We are  inspired by your leadership every day, and we are proud to work alongside you in the fight for true equality. We remain firm in our commitment to stand with you, today and all days.” 

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