Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is proud to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. It is essential to feature and amplify the voices of transgender people as they seek full, lived equality throughout the country.
One of the many Mayors in our coalition is Jess Herbst, of New Hope, Texas. For the past two years, she has served as the Mayor of New Hope, a small town in the Lone Star State. She has been an active member of our Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, one of the core programs of Freedom for All Americans that brings together 300+ mayors from nearly every state in the country to push toward inclusive nondiscrimination protections.
“Today is a day for celebrating the trans people who have not only survived, but thrived. Trans people have thrived because of our visibility,” she said this week in celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility. “The more visible transgender and gender diverse people are in every aspect of our communities, the more opportunity we have to help our fellow Americans understand that we want what so many people want – to be able to work hard, to provide for ourselves and our families, and to be seen as individuals. As the first openly transgender mayor in Texas I am proud to lead the people of New Hope, Texas forward and to show in my small way that transgender people are just as able to represent their community as any other person.”
We thank Mayor Herbst for sharing her story, and all the members of our coalition who have taken a stand for the rights of all LGBTQ people.