By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A ceremony was held to mark the raising of a pink, blue, and white flag on the northeast corner of Philadelphia’s City Hall Thursday afternoon.

City Director of LGBT affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick says the Trans-Pride Flag’s raising represents the city’s commitment to citizen’s rights to live in freedom and dignity regardless of race, religion, or gender:

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“It is a beautiful design made to fly correctly no matter which way it is hung, representing transgender individuals’ ability to find correctness in their own lives, in any way shape or form, however you wish.”

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Sophie Kandler says although it may seem to some that transgender issues are something new, transgender people haven’t just sprung up like so many mushrooms:

“We’ve always been here! And now, we’re coming out to say, ‘here we are, we’re just people! We’re citizens of Philadelphia — we root for the same sports teams — we eat cheesesteaks, too.”

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The Trans-Pride Flag will fly next to the Stars and Stripes until the close of the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.