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"Transgender Pride In The Park" returns to Ferndale this year, celebrating Michigan's transgender community

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Transgender Pride in the Park was last held in-person in 2019.

A long running annual event celebrating Michigan's transgender community is returning to Ferndale this weekend.

“Transgender Pride in The Park” was first held in 1997. It’s a networking event featuring vendors and transgender advocacy organizations.

The event is sponsored by Transgender Michigan. The group is led by psychotherapist and activist Rachel Crandall Crocker.

“It’s the largest transgender event in Michigan, and it’s kind of a big family reunion for all trans people,” says Crandall Crocker.

Crandall Crocker says the event is an opportunity for members of the trans community to get a sense of belonging in a safe environment.

Michigan is among more than 30 states that’s seen a wave of anti-transgender bills introduced since the November 2020 election. But the Michigan Court of Appeals did affirm earlier this month the state’s ethnic intimidation law also protects transgender individuals.

“Transgender Pride in The Park” takes place from noon to 6 p-m Saturday, Aug 28 at Martin Road Park in Ferndale.

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.