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University of Illinois students hold rally to support transgender people and protest anti-trans legislation


Students gather around the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. The rally was part of an annual awareness day celebrated internationally designed to recognize the lives and work of transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Emily Richie

Students from several Illinois colleges gathered on March 31 on the University of Illinois campus to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility

Students said they were there to protest anti-trans legislation in the United States. 

The event was organized by the Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support and the Young Democratic Socialists of America at the University of Illinois

Azer Matten, the president of the Campus Union for Trans Equality and Support, said it’s important to provide resources to transgender people. 

“I know that when I was in high school, if I didn’t have access to different resources, I’d be in a much worse place than I am now,” Matten said. 

Jordan Duncan, a former student of Southern Illinois University, said they heard about the rally and wanted to show support. 

“Reducing the harm that comes from loss is essential and that can be done through banding together,” Duncan said. 

Speakers at the rally encouraged students to call politicians and demand support for the LGBTQ+ community and to donate to groups that support transgender individuals.