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More than 70 people attended this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility event in San Luis Obispo. It was sponsored by Tranz Central Coast and the House of Pride & Equality in Santa Maria.

This year’s celebration was titled “Empowering Our Transgender Children” and focused on the challenges faced by young transgender and gender nonconforming people living along the Central Coast.  Two short films were shown followed by a panel discussion.

The panelist (left to right in the photo) were: Lane Stephens, president of the gay straight alliance at San Luis Obispo High School; Andreea Saileanu-Martin, the mother of an 11-year-old child who recently came out as a transgender male; and Ly-Lan Lofgren, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with transgender children and adults.

The event was held March 31 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County.