WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator John Fetterman joined 26 Democratic colleagues in introducing a resolution celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility. This resolution aims to uplift the courage and resilience of the transgender community while shedding light on the persistent challenges they face.

“Today and every day, I’m proud to stand with the transgender community and recognize their resilience, bravery, and invaluable contributions to our society,”said Senator Fetterman. “As violence and discrimination against transgender Americans rises across the country, it’s our duty to stand firm with the transgender community in advocating for equality, dignity, and respect.”

The resolution, led by Senator Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i),Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.).

“International Transgender Day of Visibility is about celebrating the transgender community around the world – their achievements, their courage, and their right to live openly and authentically,” said Senator Schatz. “Truly celebrating them also means raising awareness of the discrimination and violence they continue to face – and reaffirming our commitment to fighting back against any and all attacks. While we’ve made progress over the years – thanks to the bravery of many transgender leaders – the work for full equality, acceptance, and civil rights protections continues.”

The resolution is supported by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Congressional Equality Caucus. A companion resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.).

The full text of the resolution is available here.