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Crowd rallies in Duluth to demonstrate support for transgender community

DULUTH, MN – Despite poor weather conditions, a group gathered in downtown Duluth Sunday to participate in a rally for the transgender community.

Some in attendance were transgender themselves, others were there to stand with their transgender loved ones, and even strangers came to show their support.

“I was born and raised in Duluth and I currently live in St. Paul, but I still make it up here to support my trans family,” Charlie Johnson said.

Rain or shine, they were there showing their colors.

“It’s raining today,” Johnson said.There’s been some snow, and I was looking outside and I was like: ‘Oh, I don’t know,’ but I came around the corner here and just saw this line of people, and everyone’s got their signs and the trans pride colors, and I’m just so, so happy.”

Johnson came out as trans in 2015 and has been a part of a local organization called Trans Plus ever since.

“A big goal that we have is to be visible in our communities,” Johnson said.

On Sunday, the group held a rally in downtown Duluth to do just that.

“We’re just out here today trying to spread some love and show that we’re visible and that we’re here and that we exist,” Johnson said.

For people like Angela and Abby Gannon, it meant the world.

“Back in 2015 we got married as husband and wife, and just this last July — July 14th — we got married as wife and wife,” Angela said. “My wife deserves to exist. She deserves to have her basic civil rights respected, and everybody matters and that’s important.”

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