Dylan Martin (English)
Nikki Calma (English)
For immediate release
June 14, 2017
The San Francisco Trans March is proud to announce the 14th Annual Trans March: Celebrating Resilience with Love & Resistance
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Trans March is proud to announce the 14th Annual Trans March to take place Friday, June 23rd, 2017 in Dolores Park. With an expected 7000 attendees, the San Francisco Trans March is the largest trans pride event in the United States.
Our theme for this year is “Celebrating Resilience with Love & Resistance.” As always, the theme was created in collaboration with many members of community, who expressed the desire both to celebrate our lives and existence as well as to resist the growing anti-transgender sentiments in this country as seen in the rise of discriminatory laws and hate crimes. This theme also builds upon Trans Day of Visibility’s “Love & Resistance” and will culminate in Trans Day of Remembrance’s still to be determined theme. The three events are uniting to form 2017’s year of trans love and resistance, which will be reflected in imagery and content as well as themes.
With the election of the current authoritarian regime, resistance has been a keyword for 2017. Trans and gender non-conforming (gnc) people in particular are facing increased levels of attack from the president, legislators and the general population. And with the rise of legislation legalizing trans discrimination disguised as religious freedom and increased hate crimes against trans and gnc people, our communities are in the center of the battle against American fascism.
To combat this, Trans March centers trans folks with intersecting identities such as people of color, ethnic minorities, disabled folks, youth, and elders because they are disproportionately targeted for harassment, abuse, discrimination, and violence. Due to this, these folks are also often the folks on the front lines fighting back by providing leadership individually and through organizations such as TAJA’s Coalition, Transgender Law Center, and Black Lives Matter. We honor and follow their leadership because we believe that once the most vulnerable of us are free, we will all be free.
Trans March encourages participants to make signs, lead chants and generally raise noise about the increased injustices our communities face in the current political climate. While the event is primarily focused on highlighting trans and gender non-conforming people, we very much welcome support from our allies and encourage their attendance.
The 14th annual San Francisco Trans March will begin with a youth and elder brunch at 11 am in Dolores Park. Trans and queer youth and elders will bond over food, games and activities designed to create connections between the two sometimes disparate groups. The brunch will be followed by a general celebration in the park at 3 pm with live music, speakers and performances. A march to Turk & Taylor will immediately follow at 6 pm. The event will end with speakers at Turk & Taylor, the location of the historic Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966 and the center of the coming Compton’s Cultural District, the first transgender cultural district in the country.
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.
What: San Francisco Trans March
Where: Dolores Park (Dolores Street and 19th Street), San Francisco
When: Friday, June 23, 2017
11am – 2:00 pm: Youth and Elder brunch
3pm – 6pm: Celebration at Dolores Park
6pm: March from Dolores Park to Turk & Taylor
7:30 pm: Speakers at Turk & Taylor
7pm: Transfabulous: Trans March Sober Afterparty
8pm: Bustin’ Out: Official Afterparty of Trans March
- DJ Las Leches
- Emcee: Rexy Amaral
- Headliner: Tajah J
- Keynote: Raquel Willis
- Alex Coria
- Sthefany Galante
- Miss El/La 2017 Yuritza Hernandez
- Rosco Kickingstone
- Ananda Mendoza
- Say Tay
- Mya Byrne
- The Singing Bois
- Alex & Desiree World Wide SF Team
Updated: June 22, 2017