Philadelphia, June 4, 2015 – The City of Philadelphia hosted its first ever Transgender Pride Flag Raising Ceremony to honor the city’s diverse transgender community. The flag will be flown next to the United State flag and the City of Philadelphia flag for the duration of the 14th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which is being held in Philadelphia June 4-6.
“Every October, LGBT History Month, the City of Philadelphia proudly symbolizes our steadfast commitment to equality for all by flying the rainbow flag,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “As a lifelong LGBT advocate and ally, I am honored to demonstrate our support of Philadelphia’s diverse transgender community by flying the transgender pride flag. Philadelphia will continue to fight for just and equal treatment of all LGBT individuals and work harder to promote understanding and recognition for our transgender community.”
The transgender pride flag was created by Monica Helms in 1999. Designed to fly “correctly” no matter which way it is hung, the flag represents transgender individuals finding correctness in their own lives.
“Historically, the transgender community has trailed behind the LGB communities in the advancement of its civil rights, protection and recognition in our Nation, Commonwealth and City. It is time to close that gap,” said Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director, Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs. “While the City of Philadelphia has made valiant efforts to protect and serve the trans community, we still have work to do to create a City of true opportunity for our entire LGBTQ community, especially the trans community. I hope that the raising of this transgender pride flag serves as a statement to the entire City and nation that Philadelphia remains committed to creating a City of equality for our transgender communities.”
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) aims to educate and empower trans* individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.