Eau Claire (WQOW)- Transgender Awareness Week began Thursday in Eau Claire and those in the transgender community think this a great step forward.
Leesa Syryczuk, a transgender woman from Thorp, said western Wisconsin has gotten better about being more inclusive and open-minded.
She said it’s the small rural towns that are having a hard time accepting the transgender community.
She said during Transgender Awareness Week, she hopes people will be inspired to educate themselves and keep an open mind.
“This is the way people are, accept it,” Syryczuk said. “We’re not trying to push anything down somebody’s throat. What’s your agenda? Live free like anybody else.”
Transgender Awareness Week in Eau Claire started Thursday and ends on November 20.
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance and there will be a vigil at the State Theatre and Community Center in Eau Claire.