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Mayor Lavelle proclaims March 31st, 2018 "Carrboro Transgender Day of Visibility."

Now more than ever, we must take every action possible to end discrimination against the transgender community and advance the cause of transgender equality. The Town of Carrboro is proud to support the #TransThriving movement and celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility.

WHEREAS, International Transgender Day of Visibility, held annually on March 31, celebrates social, economic, cultural, and political achievements by transgender people; and
WHEREAS, this day also marks a call to action for accelerating community engagement, education, advocacy, and peer support on transgender issues, and
WHEREAS, this day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of discrimination that our transgender population still faces; and
WHEREAS, this discrimination is even more prevalent than ever, with actions taken by President Donald Trump to roll back executive efforts related to the military and Title IX actions; and legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, first with the horrific HB2, and then with its replacement, HB142, which continues to prohibit nondiscrimination efforts; and
WHEREAS, the theme of the 2018 International Transgender Day of Visibility is #TRANSTHRIVING, acknowledging transgender achievements in the past year, and
WHEREAS, this theme is illustrated by Andrea Jenkins, who in November 2017 was the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to office in the United States. In an interview after her election, Ms. Jenkins said, “When there is less discrimination for the most marginalized people in our society, there is way more equity for everybody in our society,” and
WHEREAS, the Town of Carrboro supports this call to action, these values, this theme, and this very important day of visibility.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim, March 31st, 2018 as “Carrboro Transgender Day of Visibility.”  I encourage all residents of Carrboro to celebrate our transgender community, to educate ourselves about the challenges our transgender community continues to face, and to support our transgender community in their efforts for equity and full inclusion in our society.
This the 31th Day of March 2018                                               
Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle

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