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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

It's a story that has drawn national attention at Smith College, transgender equality.

A group of students wants to keep it in the spotlight as they continue their fight.

Throughout the day Thursday, protestors rallied outside of the office of admissions at Smith College. Organizers of the event saying they remain at odds with the office.

The protest stems from a situation last year in which a transgender high school senior was denied admission into the school.

"Her transcript had male gender markers. that's why we're protesting today. Smith has made some good changes in the past year. We've been negotiating with them and really pushing them hard to be more fair to trans-women," said Sarah Fraas of Smith Q and A.

Q and A is a group dedicated to justice for trans-women. Fraas says it's the gender markers that are key.

"Studies show that less than half of trans-people are able to change their documents. So having a policy that requires that is automatically excluding more than half of trans-women."

"It's something I've been following for a while," said Joanna Blackhart, guest speaker at Thursday's rally.

Blackhart, a trans-woman herself, hopes the event is another step towards others not facing the same challenges she has.

"There's not a lot of people who are willing to stand up and fight for trans-people, let alone trans-women, so seeing all of these amazing people out here today, most of them ladies, speaking up, it's very moving," she said.

CBS 3 tried to speak with the office of admissions, but they said they had no comment and stood by the diversity page on the Smith College website, which states in part, "A student's application and supporting documentation (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) will reflect her status as a woman."

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