Transgender people and their allies will be celebrating and marching today, Friday June 28th, in San Francisco's Dolores Park at the Trans March. The theme of this year's events is "A Decade of Change."
Pride in the Park will begin at 3pm today with performances by entertainers Star Amerasu and TuffNStuff. Featured speaker Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is a filmmaker and blogger at blac(k)ademic.com, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. He and Laverne Cox presented Dr. Marc Lamont Hill with the award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article for Hill's Ebony.com piece "Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?" at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco in May.
The Trans March will kick off at 6:15pm and go to Turk and Taylor streets, where a block party will be held afterward for about an hour. The event is a substance-free, family environment with trolley service available to seniors and people with disabilities.
After the events the organizers have also planned a youth after-party for people 14-24 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center (1800 Market Street, San Francisco). There is also an after-party for adults at 8pm at El Rio (3158 Mission Street, San Francisco) which will benefit the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project. There is a suggested donation of $5-$25 but they will not turn any guests away.
The Trans March began in 2004 after the mistrial of the murderers of Gwen Araujo, a transgender woman of color who was killed in 2002. Since then, the event has grown, and this year organizers are expecting about 5,000 attendees.
"We've outgrown our space at U.N. Plaza," said Jamie Rafaela Wolfe, co-vice chair of the Trans March's board, to the Bay Reporter, "so this year we're ending the march at Turk and Taylor."
The mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, is expected to speak at this year's Trans March. This will be his, and any San Francisco mayor's, third year participating.
"It's amazing how far we've come that now the mayor's coming, and when we march we're being supported and secured by the police," rather than harassed, Wolfe said to the Bay Reporter. "The world is changing, and we are a part of it."
GLAAD's National Spokesperson, Wilson Cruz will also be marching. "I'm proud to be marching in the Trans March in memory of Gwen Araujo, and so many others" said Cruz. "These marches celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the transgender community and make an important call to end violence against transgender people."
Today is also the 9th Annual NYC Trans Day of Action in New York City. Trans marches and rallies in other cities can be found at http://www.glaad.org/blog/trans-pride-roundup-2013