Let's face it, 2016 was a really hard year. But against a backlash of anti-trans bills and rising hate crimes, trans people fought to make their voices heard on television screens, on political stages, and on social media — and in refusing to be silenced, they advocated for trans livelihood and joy.
1. It was a year for victories, like when Tangerine star Mya Taylor won Best Supporting Female Actor at the Spirit Awards and brought the house down with her acceptance speech:
2. And when Lily Madigan, a British trans teen, responded to being sent home for wearing girls’ clothing to school by fighting back — and winning.
“I was being treated like I’d done something wrong,” Lily told BuzzFeed News in October about her experience being sent home from class.