The municipality of Chatham-Kent recognized Transgender Awareness Week with a flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre on Tuesday.
During the ceremony, CK Pride Association Vice President Marianne Willson said the support shown by the community and municipality “really makes a difference” and added, “we need to open the lines of communication.”
Chatham-Kent Councillor Brock McGregor said events such as the flag raising demonstrates more than words that “Chatham-Kent is an open, welcoming community.”
The purpose of the week is to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces.
For the first time, Transgender Awareness Week flags are being flown at a number of municipal services centres across the entire community.
“I think it’s important that people in smaller communities realize that they are accepted and supported,” Willson said in a media release.
Anyone interested in more information about Transgender Awareness Week can visit CK Pride’s Facebook page.