The Cartoon Network, a television channel geared toward kids until primetime, tweeted a video commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility Thursday.
“Addressing someone using their pronouns and name shows that you RESPECT them as their authentic self!” the channel tweeted, followed by a heart emoji.
“We celebrate the journey of our trans and gender-non-conforming friends on this #TransgenderDayofVisibility!” the tweet added.
Transgender Day of Visibility occurs annually on March 31.
Transgender flag unfurled on pole. (Getty)
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The video begins with three cartoon people with text bubbles. One reads, “Gender pronouns describe a person’s identity.”
“Examples of pronouns are she/her, they/them, ze/zir,” another says.
The third says, “If you’re comfortable, you can share your own pronouns!”
Throughout other examples in the one-minute video, almost all the characters, several of which appear to be young children, introduce themselves with their name followed by their pronouns, with several using “they/them.”
To emphasize the point, one character says, “Thanks y’all! When people use my pronouns, I feel respected, safe and included.”
Another adds later, “Wow! It’s a relief to know people who affirm who I am.”
“Using someone’s pronouns shows respect. We all need to be seen and loved for who we are!” the video concludes.
The Cartoon Network released a video commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility on March 30, 2023. (Screenshot)
The Cartoon Network also directed viewers to the National Black Justice Coalition for resources and support in a followup tweet. The NBJC describes itself as “America’s leading national civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+, and same gender loving (LGBTQ+/SGL) people.”
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People hold signs during a joint board meeting of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine gather to establish new guidelines limiting gender-affirming care for children in Florida, on Nov. 4, 2022. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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