Visibility refers to the number of people openly being a particular demographic (such as transgender or queer) in high-profile places like popular media, government, etc. Visibility allows for other people of that demographic to see people with experiences like their own. This is especially valuable in places where they historically have not been, or were not allowed to be openly themselves. It’s also important not only for queer youth to see “possibility models” and realize they can live their dreams, but also for non-queer youth to realize that not all experiences are the same and that there are people unlike themselves.
e.g. Laverne Cox was applauded for her contribution to the visibility of trans women when she was cast in Orange is the New Black.
Further reading to gain expanded context:
Transgender Today | NYT, paywalled
The Importance of Transgender Awareness Week | GLSEN
We Need More Than Visibility | GLSEN
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