Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility and State College Mayor Ronald Filippelli has signed a proclamation officially recognizing the day in the borough.
IDOV, as the day is otherwise known, was created back in 2009 to celebrate and empower transgender people across the globe.
In the borough of State College, Mayor Filippelli say the awareness and acceptance of diversity is exemplified by the presence of Penn State University.
The school has an abundance of people with different races, nationalities, religious beliefs and sexual orientations, and the borough wants to celebrate and protect those differences.
“Penn State’s a prime example of just bringing really diverse people, diverse students, diverse faculty into our community, and we want to make sure that they’re welcome and comfortable here, and the mayor’s proclamation today is a
prime example of that.”
This day differs from the Transgender Day of Remembrance,or TDOR, which is held in November to mourn for those who are no longer with us as a result of anti-transgender violence.