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:READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Eddie Rodriguez Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
“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.”READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Delaware County DA Jack Stollsteimer To Announce Charges In Shooting Outside Upper Darby SEPTA Terminal
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.”MORE NEWS: 2 Men Found Dead Outside Home In Tacony Neighborhood, Philadelphia Police Said
The Trans-Pride Flag will fly next to the Stars and Stripes until the close of the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.