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WUSF has been reporting recently on a difficult issue — legislation aimed at transgender persons. To help highlight other stories of the trans, nonbinary and gender noncomforming community, we asked residents what "Trans Joy" means to them. Daylina Miller is sharing their stories.

What does 'trans joy' mean to you?

A person wearing a a pale blue t shirt waves while marching next to a woman wearing a trans flag dress.
Daylina Miller
WUSF Public Media
Participants in the 2021 Tampa Pride Parade march down historic Ybor City's 7th Avenue.

WUSF Public Media is asking members of the trans, nonbinary and gender noncomforming community to tell us what trans joy means to them.

LISTEN: See the stories in our Trans Joy series

Transgender Awareness Week, observed Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, was a one-week celebration of the trans, nonbinary and gender noncomforming community, and an opportunity to educate.

It led up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, which memorializes victims of transphobic violence.

Local groups like the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and St. Pete Pride held special events like the Tampa Bay Transgender Film Fest.

Much of the focus on the transgender community in the news, however, has been on transgender violence, anti-trans athlete bills, and bans for gender-affirming health care.

In the middle of this are moments of joy: choosing better fitting names, being approved for health care, being supported and celebrated by loved ones. So WUSF Public Media wants to know: What does trans joy mean to you?

We'll be using your responses in an occasional series showcasing the vast diversity of the trans community.

I took my first photography class when I was 11. My stepmom begged a local group to let me into the adults-only class, and armed with a 35 mm disposable camera, I started my journey toward multimedia journalism.
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