The past couple weeks have seen a flurry of attention, advocacy and activism on behalf of transgender rights in Charlotte. In particular, community members, activists and organizations have rallied around transgender young people seeking safety and inclusion at local schools.

Our April 11-24, 2014, print edition cover pays tribute to the activists who have rallied around Central Piedmont Community College student Andraya Williams. You can read recent and past updates about her case here.

Too late for inclusion in our current print edition, students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also stood up for transgender inclusion and equality at a board of education meeting on April 8. Read about those students’ requests here.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.