2011 Trans March Press Release

The 8th annual San Francisco Trans March Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of
the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot: Serving Up Human Rights Since 1966

The San Francisco Trans March is proud to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. Our theme for this year is in honor of the fierce activists who helped start up the modern LGBT rights movement: Serving Up Human Rights Since 1966. Felicia Flames, one of the “screaming queens” who participated in the riot, will deliver this year’s keynote address. The Trans March will also be providing a trolley so that our elders and people with mobility difficulties can join the march itself.

The 8th annual San Francisco Trans March will begin in Dolores Park on Friday, June 24 with a celebration at 3:30 pm. Live music, speakers and performances will entertain and mobilize the expected crowd of thousands. A march to the political center of San Francisco in Civic Center will immediately follow at 6:30 pm.

The mission of the San Francisco Trans March is to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve the social justice and equality that each of us deserves.

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot occurred in August 1966 at the Gene Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin when transgender people rose up in anger against years of harassment at the hands of the San Francisco police department. The ensuing riot, brought to light in Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker’s documentary *Screaming Queens*, marked the first known instance of collective, militant, queer resistance to the social oppression of transgender people in United States history, three years before the riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn.

Where: Dolores Park (Dolores Street and 18th Street), San Francisco, CA 94110
When: June 24, 2011
3:30 P.M. Celebration at Dolores Park
6:30 P.M. March from Dolores Park to Civic Center

* DJ Stephanie Luz
* Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits
* Rev. Megan Rohrer with Vanguard Youth
* MCs: Fairy Butch & Mia Tu Mutch & Tonilyn A. Sideco
* Eli Conley & Hip for Squares
* TuffNStuff: The Last Delta Drag King
* The Introverts
* Josie and the Pussycats
* Kit Yan
* Tru Bloo & the Gipsy Bingy Crew

For more information: http://www.transmarch.org/
Press Contact: info@transmarch.org

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