It is a scary time to be queer or trans in America. A homophobic and transphobic culture war is raging across the country, with drag bans, transphobic bathroom bills, attacks on gender-affirming care, and countless other pieces of legislation curtailing the freedoms of the LGBTQ+ community—and without much outcry or objection from those cisgender, heterosexual individuals who consider themselves allies.
All this was the context for the Trans Day of Visibility rally in downtown New York City on Friday, where hundreds of queer and trans protestors convened to decry anti-trans bigotry and call for increased community support. Actress Tommy Dorfman, who publicly came out as a trans woman in 2021, was at the rally to speak and bear witness to the work of the youth organizers who had helped to create the event. “I’m always shocked to be in the presence of so many queer and trans people, because more often than not, especially at work, I’m one of one in the room,” she tells Vogue the next day.