Students raise transgender awareness

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 22, 2013 3:54 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Some Cumberland County high school students are cross-dressing, today, to help raise awareness of transgender people and the issues they face.

The Gay / Straight Alliance club at Camp Hill High School is holding a gender-bender day today, in which they are encouraging fellow students to show their support for the transgender community by dressing as the opposite gender.

Foundation for Hope Founder and CEO Jesse Gantt says the students deserve credit for taking the step.

"The intention of this day, and the spirit of this day, is focused on support for the transgender community," says Gantt. "So I think that's why we can go ahead and applaud their cause and applaud what they're doing their, because it's meant for the right cause."

Foundation for Hope is a midstate-based nonprofit that seeks to support those affected by bullying, depression or suicide.

Gantt says transgender people are some of societies most bullied, and are often the victims of violence. The gender-bender day is being held to mark the conclusion of Transgender Awareness Week.

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