HOBOKEN, NJ - Representatives from the Hudson Pride Center joined Mayor Ravi Bhalla, the Hoboken Police Department and members of the community Wednesday in celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility by raising the Transgender Pride Flag in front of Hoboken City Hall.

“In Hoboken, we will always stand up for the rights of our transgender community, because trans rights are human rights,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Hoboken is a fair and welcoming City where all are treated equally no matter your gender identity. To all of our trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community members – we see you, we love you, and we celebrate you on this Transgender Day of Visibility, and every day.”

Last December, Hoboken was one of three municipalities in New Jersey to earn a score of 100 from the Human Right’s Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which is an annual examination of policies relating to LGBTQ+ laws and cities in over 500 municipalities across the United States.

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“Transgender Day of Visibility is a day to celebrate transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse communities around the world and acknowledge the contributions they have made and the courage it takes to live authentically,” said Elizabeth Schedl, Executive Director of Hudson Pride Center. “However even as we celebrate, we must also use today to raise awareness about discrimination and violence that trans folks still face. We are proud to have the City of Hoboken supporting and honoring us!”

Of the 500 municipalities documented by HRC, Hoboken was one of 94 cities to earn a 100 MEI score nationwide.

“Across our great Nation, many of us are trying to dismantle hate and violence towards each other in different capacities,” said Laura Knittel, Hoboken’s LGBTQ+ Liaison. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are strong words that are part of this process and we know this will take time and requires much engagement and patience. So in celebration of Trans Visibility Day 2021, we say to our transgender community, we see you, we hear you, and we’re here for you. Keep letting your light shine. Love is love.”

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