Transgender Day of Visibility

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Pittston, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) – A day was dedicated to bringing attention to the accomplishments and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.  Thursday was the International Transgender Day of Visibility.  

Pittston is one of just a few places in Pennsylvania with a non-discrimination ordinance that includes the LGBT community.  That’s why ‘Pennsylvania Competes’, a legislative campaign to pass the PA Fairness Act, decided to hold their  International Transgender Day of Visibility at the Pittston Memorial Library Thursday night.  

Throughout the evening, speakers addressed the crowd, touching upon different aspects of life that affect transgender people.  Allison VanKuiken, of Pennsylvania Competes, says “this is about people standing up being apart of our communities, being recognized as such.  There’s lots of different people in our communities, people like myself who are married, I have a small child and it’s just important that people understand that we are very much part of the community.”  

If the Fairness Act is passed it will update Pennsylvania’s current human relations act to include protections for gay and transgender Pennsylvanians from discrimination at work, in housing, and business services.

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