This week a pink, blue and white flag is flying at more than 100 locations in metro Grand Rapids. The Blue Bridge downtown is illuminated with pink, blue and white lights too for the cause.

It's all to support members of the transgender community, part of a week of events leading up to the Transgender Day of Visibility March 31. Members of the gender non-conforming community step forward and as one person explained, let society see they are not the bogeyman.

“Show them we are not the bogeyman or the bad people we are so often made out to be,” explains Kelly Pelon, a transgender woman.

“We are just like anyone else and most of us are pretty nice people,” adds Ash Sexton. “Just like the general population.”

The first International Day of Transgender Visibility was March 31, 2009. It was started by Rachell Crandell of Southfield, Michigan. She said she wanted a holiday celebrating transgender people.

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