GLAAD joined hundreds of friends and allies showing support for the annual Trans Day of Action last Friday, June 28. The event is organized every year by Trans Justice, a subgroup of the Audre Lorde Project, and was endorsed by GLAAD. See photos from the event.
The 9th Annual Trans Day of Action (TDOA) began with a rally on the Christopher Street Piers in Manhattan, a march in the surrounding streets past Stonewall, and a return to the pier for more speeches and calls to action by organizers of the project and members of the community.
Some of the amazing speakers celebrated the achievements that transgender and gender nonconforming people and their allies have made recently. Others encouraged the audience to mobilize and take a stance against the discrimination that they continue to experience in so many different areas of their lives. Many took the time to mourn and remember loved ones they had recently lost. Marchers chanted pleas to end hatred and discrimination towards trans people and held signs that proclaimed messages such as “Equal Protections for Trans People Now” and “Gender Justice Now.”
"Trans Day of Action brings attention to critical issues affecting trans people, particularly trans people of color," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "GLAAD is proud to march alongside the Audre Lorde Project and many other organizations calling for an end to violence faced by trans people while celebrating the vibrant trans community."
Events like TDOA are an important way to bring awareness of trans issues to the broader LGBT community and allies. Forty-four years after the initial Stonewall Riots, transgender people still face enormously high rates of violence and discrimination in mutliple areas of life, including housing, employment, education and in intimate relationships. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) reported that in 2012 transgender women, people of color and gay men faced the most severe violence. The report found that 53.8% of reported anti-LGBTQ homicide victims were transgender women, and 73.1% of all anti-LGBTQ homocide victims were people of color. In 2012, transgender people were 3.32 times as likely to experience police violence compared to non-transgender people, and were 2.46 times as likely to experience physical violence by police compared to white non-transgender people.
GLAAD was proud to rally and march for trans justice for the Trans Day of Action. Thanks to the Audre Lorde Project for organizing this amazing event and urges media to continue covering transgender issues in a fair and responsible way.