Rally held to celebrate Trans Visibility Day in downtown Pittsburgh

— HOST SAYS HE WANTS TO SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE TONIGHT. JOURNALIST: MIKE, THE RALLY ORGANIZERS AND SUPPORTERS TELL ME AS THEY ARE PROUD TO CELEBRATE ALL THAT THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY HAS ACCOMPLISHED TSHHUS FAR FROM THEY SAY THERE IS STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO. >> I GO TO A SCHOOL THAT HAS GENDEREUTR NAL BATHROOMS FOR EVERYBODY. IT’S JUST AMAZING HOW FAR WE HAVE COME, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO CHECK HOW FAR WE CAN GO. REPORTER: POPULAR OPINION AMONG THIS CROWD ON THURSDAY AS THEY GATHER TO CELEBRATE TRSAN DAY OF VISIBILITY IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH. >> TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBITYLI IS OUR COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF OUR Y.JO FOR US, OUR SHARED EXISTENCE IN THIS WORLD IS AN ACTIVE JOY AND WORTH CELEBRATING. >> TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MOVEMENT THAT TRANS INDIVIDUALS MADE FOR US, PAVED THE WAY, . REPORT: THERE WERE SEVERAL SPEAKERS DURING THE RALLY ONE OF WHICH IS MARIA MONTANO, THE FIRST TRANS PERSON TO SERVE AS PRESS SECRETARY FOR THE CITY. >> WE HAVE A LONG ROAD TO GO, WE FACE MANY ATTACKS ON OUR RIGHTS IN STATE HOUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THERE IS NOT A LOT OF TNSRA REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT. JOURNALIST: PENNSYLVANIA’S LEGISLATIVES ARE PASSING A BILL THAT PROHIBITS TRANS FELEMA STUDENTS FROM PARTICIPATING IN WOMEN’S SPORTS. ON THURSDAY, THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED AN INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT THE NTAL HEALTH OF TRANSGENDER CHILDREN AND REMOVE BARRIERS TO ENABLE GOVERNMENT SERVIS.CE >> HE EMPHASIZES VISIBILITY FOR ME. I THINK ABOUT VISIBILITY IN PARTICULAR, IS THAT TRANS PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE TOO. REPORTER: SOME STATE LEGISLATIVES HAVE MOVED THIS BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE THIS WEEK, BUT SLL NO WORD WHEN ITIL WL WILL BE DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. LIVE IN DOWNTOWN TORI YO

Rally held to celebrate Trans Visibility Day in downtown Pittsburgh

Trans Visibility Day is a celebration of the trans community,

Dozens of people gathered on the steps of the City-County building on Thursday to celebrate Trans Visibility Day. Watch the full report in the video player above. “Transgender Visibility Day is our community celebration of our joy. For us, our shared existence in this world is active joy and worth celebrating,” said Maria Montano, who is the first transgender person to be the official spokesperson for the city of Pittsburgh. The rally began around 5.30pm on Thursday and was made up of performers and speakers honoring the achievements of the trans community, while addressing their struggles. “We have a long way to go, we face many attacks on our rights in State Houses across the country and there is not a lot of trans representation in government,” Montano said. The rally came at a time when Pennsylvania state lawmakers are passing a bill banning transgender women from participating in women’s sports. “We are fighting through the movement to be treated as equal citizens in this city, this state and this country,” said Chauntey Porter, president of the organization Trans YOUniting. “We still have a long journey, things are much better than they were in the past, but we still have a long journey ahead.” The Trans Day of Visibility Rally was organized by Trans YOUniting in conjunction with True T PGH, Proud Haven, SWOP Pittsburgh, The Love Diamond Project and TransPride Pittsburgh.

Dozens of people gathered on the steps of the Ville-Comté building on Thursday to celebrate Trans Visibility Day.

Watch the full report in the video player above.

“Transgender Visibility Day is our community celebration of our joy. For us, our shared existence in this world is active joy and worth celebrating,” said Maria Montano, who is the first transgender person to be the official spokesperson for the city of Pittsburgh.

The rally began around 5.30pm on Thursday and was made up of performers and speakers honoring the achievements of the trans community, while addressing their struggles.

“We have a long way to go, we face many attacks on our rights in State Houses across the country and there is not a lot of trans representation in government,” Montano said.

The rally came at a time when Pennsylvania state lawmakers are passing a bill banning transgender women from participating in women’s sports.

“We are fighting through the movement to be treated as equal citizens in this city, this state and this country,” said Chauntey Porter, president of the organization Trans YOUniting. “We still have a long journey, things are much better than they were in the past, but we still have a long journey ahead.”

The Trans Day of Visibility Rally was organized by Trans YOUniting in conjunction with True T PGH, Proud Haven, SWOP Pittsburgh, The Love Diamond Project and TransPride Pittsburgh.

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