Wilkes U hosts events for Transgender Day of Visibility

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A transgender visibility event was held on the Wilkes University campus on Tuesday.

The Wilkes University’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted its Third Annual Flag Raising for the Transgender Day of Visibility on Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. on the Fenner Quadrangle.

The event was started because the trans community felt that they were underrepresented on campus and to participate in transgender awareness and Trans Visibility Day, which is held on March 26 every year.

The ceremony helps gain awareness of trans people both on campus and in the community.

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Students spoke at the Day of Visibility flag-raising, as well as professors such as Helen Davis, an associate professor of English and advisor to the GSA.

“When people come out to things like this, they see that we aren’t just some scary idea they maybe read about or something. We are actual people with feelings and emotions and ideas,” said Jay Manning, of Clarks Summit.

The flag-raising drew in a crowd of around two dozen people.

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