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Freedom Indiana marks the 7th Annual Transgender Day of Visibility March 31, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — People across the world are recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility today. The annual observance was created to honor and celebrate the contributions transgender people make, while at the same time to shine a light on the very real challenges and discrimination transgender people face.

“Indiana’s transgender community has enriched our state in ways that is too often overlooked,” Chris Paulsen, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, said. “The Transgender Day of Visibility is the perfect opportunity to recognize the important contributions transgender Hoosiers have made to our state, and also reaffirm our commitment to protecting Indian’s transgender community from discrimination.”

The past year has been a year of heartache and important victories for the state’s transgender community. In February, the Trump Administration rescinded an Obama-era guidance protecting transgender students under Title IX, which instructed schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. Despite Trump’s recension, communities across Indiana took important steps to protect their transgender people, including Tippecanoe County and the City of Lafayette. Both of these municipalities adopted laws to extend nondiscrimination protections to citizens based on their gender identity.

“Freedom Indiana is proud to work on behalf of transgender people, and we are committed to continue our efforts to protect them and their families from discrimination,” Paulsen added.