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Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno aim to grow support, awareness

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March 29, 2017 4:35 PM

Transgender Day of Visibility is about spotlighting transgender people for positive reasons.

“Instead of always viewing transgender people as the victims of violence – what trans day of remembrance is about – it’s (Transgender Day of Visibility) about showcasing them as people with real talents and expertise and gifts,” said Jess Fitzpatrick, co-chair of Trans-E-Motion in Fresno.

There will be several Transgender Day of Visibility events in Fresno, starting this week with a movie night at Fresno State on Thursday and a rally and march on Friday.

Trans-E-Motion sponsored the first visibility events in Fresno last year. A study last year estimated there could be around 1.4 million transgender people in the U.S.

Fitzpatrick says transgender people make up less than a half percent of the total population.

“We need the support of our community and our allies because we are so small,” Fitzpatrick said. “Right now, without more resources, we are stuck in this mode of just always dealing with the latest emergency, and we aren’t able to do really systemic changes for our larger community.”

More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article141588644.html


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