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Transgender flags litter the halls of Congress ahead of International Transgender Day


'I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country'

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Transgender pride flags littered the halls of Congress this week ahead of Sunday's International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Members of Congress, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), and Democratic Reps. Andy Levin (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (N.Y.), among others, placed the blue, pink, and white flags outside their office doors at the U.S. Capitol this week.

"In the face of unprecedented attacks against the trans community, Speaker Pelosi is proud to display the trans flag to send a strong message to transgender Americans that they are seen, heard, and affirmed and that House Democrats remain committed to ending discrimination and securing equality for all," Taylor Griffin, a spokesperson for Pelosi told NBC News.

The National Center for Transgender Equality supplied the flags to congressional members, according to NBC News.

What did the members of Congress say?

Some took to social media to post photos of the flags outside their offices as a sign of support for transgender persons.

"Discrimination has no place in our society," Sanders tweeted. "I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our communities."

"As a member of the Equality Caucus, I am proud to hang the transgender pride flag outside of my DC office during #TransVisibilityWeek. I want my transgender constituents to know that they #WontBeErased, and that I'm fighting for them," Levin wrote on Twitter.

"Proud to hang the trans flag outside of my D.C. office during #TransVisibilityWeek. To my trans constituents and to the entire trans and gender non-conforming community: you are loved, you are strong and you #WontBeErased," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a tweet.

"I am proud to hang the transgender pride flag outside my office this #TransVisibilityWeek," Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) tweeted. "Transgender people deserve dignity and our respect as our loved ones, our colleagues, and our fellow Americans. Glad @TransEquality helped bring this visibility to the halls of Congress."

What else?

Gillian Branstetter, a spokesperson for the National Center for Transgender Equality, told NBC News that the organization wanted to make it clear that transgender people would not be ignored.

"Transgender people are in every town, every city, and every district. We are woven into the fabric of American society and we are never going anywhere," Branstetter told the news outlet in an email. "We wanted to make it clear to every member of Congress that we are their constituents and our rights can no longer be ignored."

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