(Fargo, ND) -- Approximately three dozen gatherers endured cold temperatures in in Broadway Square in Fargo to publicly share their support of International Transgender Day of Visibility.
The group shared their opposition to multiple Anti-LGBTQ+ bills circulating through the North Dakota Legislature; which include banning transgender students from competing in sports (HB 1249), prohibiting students from being called by their preferred pronouns (HB 1522), and placing restrictions on "adult-oriented performances" like drag shows (HB 1333) among several bills.
"I am 21 years old. I am not supposed to be here, "said one protestor at the rally today, "I am supposed to be at college getting an education. I am supposed to be learning what it means to be an adult for the first time. I am supposed to be having fun with my friends and getting drunk at parties. I am supposed to be learning who I am as a person and finding what I want to do in this world... But instead, I am here on this ladder pleading with my state and my city."
The protest comes a day after the state Senate overrode a veto by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum of a Senate Bill 2231 that would restrict how schools treat transgender youth. The bill will need a two-thirds majority vote in the House to go into law.