Today, on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, fashion model and trans activist Geena Rocero is launching Gender Proud (Facebook, Twitter), a public awareness campaign calling on governments around the world to make it possible for trans people to obtain accurate gender markers on identity documents like driver's licenses and passports without having to undergo surgery first.
"There are only a handful of countries where you can legally change your name and gender marker, without having to first undergo surgery. In other words, you have to give up rights, in order to get rights. This must change."
She adds, via press release: "I want people to realize that while gender identity is core to our being, sometimes our gender assignment doesn't match. There should be space to self-identify."
Gender Proud will partner with All Out to "target countries where gender marker legislation is at a 'tipping point,'" then provide support to local grassroots trans organizations and help carry their efforts over the finish line. The campaign is also partnering with the HRC Foundation, GLAAD, IGLHRC, and the Transgender Law Center.
Earlier this month, Rocero delivered a TED talk in Vancouver where she shared her personal coming-out story and talked about the pride and purpose that trans advocacy brings to her life. Her talk marked the first time that TED tackled trans rights issues on the main stage.
Watch Geena Rocero's history-making TED talk, after the jump.