Transgender pride rally in Northampton today
NORTHAMPTON — The city will be the site for a transgender pride rally today, organized by the group Invisible No More on the lawn of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event aims to celebrate trans pride and community, but also to draw allies who want to offer support and broaden their understanding of the lives of transgender people.
The event will include an opening speech by trans pastor Louis Mitchell and a keynote speech by a 9-year-old transgender boy.
There will be updates on Invisible No More’s advocacy initiatives by Nycii Vanderhoff, the group’s executive director. Vanderhoff’s children will speak about their lives with a transgender parent, providing a different perspective for listeners.
The Pioneer Valley-based Invisible No More provides advocacy for the trans community, including legal support, access to therapists, help with finding living arrangements or other means of assistance.
The organization also does public education. “Sometimes it’s not always bigotry or hate, some of it’s just that people aren’t educated,” Vanderhoff said. “It’s not a part of the population that they’re used to dealing with, so they just don’t know. They’ve done something not with the intent to offend, but it ends up doing that anyway.”