“Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities,” Biden said in the proclamation. “Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world.”
The act “will serve as a lasting legacy to the bravery and fortitude of the LGBTQ+ movement,” the proclamation said.
Crandall told CNN that the President’s move provides the “ultimate” mark of legitimacy to the day, which began in 2009.
“It’s a huge step and it’s a huge, huge statement. He could not have picked a better way of showing us support,” said Crandall, who serves as the executive director of Transgender Michigan, an advocacy and support group for trans and gender nonconforming communities.
“Vice President (Kamala) Harris and I affirm that transgender Americans make our Nation more prosperous, vibrant, and strong,” the proclamation read. “I urge my fellow Americans to join us in uplifting the worth and dignity of every transgender person.”