BANGOR – For one group of people often kept in the shadows, Saturday was a day for pride and advocacy.
March 31st is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
At least three dozen local residents identifying as trans or an ally of the community – filled west market square in bangor saturday morning.
Speakers urged policy change, and the need for LGBTQ citizens to feel more comfortable in society.
“We are more visible now,” said Hannah Ruhlin, a coordinator with Health Equity Alliance. “The upside to that is there are more people who are educated about it, and of course more people who are able to connect and say, ‘oh my gosh, that’s what I am.'”
Ruhlin says advocacy efforts this year are especially focused on transgender veterans, in the wake of President Trump’s ban on trans service members.