TikTok Spotlights Creators for Transgender Day of Visibility

It Gets Better Project is one of the platform's biggest LGBTQ+ accounts.

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Every year on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility is celebrated to spotlight those who identify with the community and raise awareness on trans and nonbinary issues still being faced today.

It’s why TikTok is holding a live event on its platform highlighting its creators from the community Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

The video creation platform is bringing together trans influencers like Jesse Sullivan and beauty guru Emira D’Spain, as well as music artist Somaya, to hold sessions throughout its live event, including music performances, parenting advice and a beauty tutorial.

“I feel really excited to meet other trans creators on the platform and talk about our experiences and inspire other people to interact with our LGBTQ+ community,” said TikTok influencer Devin Halbal, another influencer scheduled to participate in Thursday’s event.

The TikTok stars go beyond their strong following on the platform. Other than having 2.4 million followers, Sullivan is starring in a documentary to be released Thursday, My Transparent Life, where he talks about his transitioning journey while raising his daughter, according to Variety. The documentary will stream on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.

Spain, the event’s other featured influencer, has almost 800,000 followers on the platform for her fun beauty content, and she’s also made history as Victoria’s Secret‘s first Black transgender model, according to Nylon. Emira’s content “speaks to unlocking some of the greatest kept secrets of the industry,” TikTok said.

TikTok is also asking viewers to support LGBTQ+ nonprofit the It Gets Better Project, which has a mission of uplifting, empowering and connecting youth in the community globally through TikTok. Its TikTok and site content revolves around educating younger audiences on sexual health, black LGBTQ+ figures and how to become an ally. The account has tallied 200,000 followers since its launch in February 2020, making it one of TikTok’s biggest LGBTQ+ accounts.

“Trans youth around the world need to see messages that uplift and empower them now more than ever before. Our presence on TikTok has significantly broadened the audience of LGBTQ+ youth that we can reach with our unique brand of positive storytelling,” It Gets Better Project executive director Brian Wenke said.

The nonprofit’s video content on allyship, lifestyle and education includes celebrities like music artist Kelly Clarkson and trans-identifying actresses Laverne Cox and 2022 Pose star Mj Rodriguez in the discussions.

And TikTok is highlighting grassroots hotline Trans Lifeline, which offers emotional and financial support to those who reach out.

Wenke said It Gets Better is excited to be included in this year’s #TransVisibility LIVE series and is thankful for TikTok’s support.