Transformation Project hosts Transgender Day of Visibility event

Published: Apr. 1, 2023 at 11:01 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Transgender Day of Visibility is an internationally-recognized day to celebrate community and allyship, while bringing awareness to the discrimination many transgender Americans face.

On Friday night, the Arc of Dreams was lit with the trans pride colors in recognition of Transgender Day of Visibility.

The Transformation Project of South Dakota hosted an event on Saturday to celebrate transgender members of the Sioux Falls community. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Rock Island Building on Phillips Avenue.

The event featured transgender members of the community showcasing a variety of talents and visual art. There was also a community lunch, crafts, board games for all ages, a raffle, vendors and free art classes.

“We have a lot of things going on, a lot of attacks against the trans community with legislation and all kinds of things in the state of South Dakota right now,” said Transformation Project Community Health Worker Jack Fonder. “I think this is even more important to show that we’re here for them. We’re showing out for them and we’re still fighting. There is a community here, there is space for you, you do belong here and we’re going to keep fighting for that.”

According to data compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union, at least 385 bills targeting LGBTQ rights have been introduced around the country.

Transformation Project hosts Transgender Day of Visibility event
Transformation Project hosts Transgender Day of Visibility event(Dakota News Now)