By Terri Kay
Well over 6,000 people came out for the 16th Annual San Francisco Trans March on Friday, June 28, starting with a youth and elder brunch, a resource fair, and a rally at Mission Dolores Park. The street march started from the Park and wove out to Market Street, ending on Taylor towards Turk “where we honor our Trans history and landmark of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots”.
This year’s call stated: “The time is ripe, having a roof over our head, or a safe space to be at is fundamental right for transgender people! This year, we rally and campaign and demand that resources are allocated for trans and GNC folks right to housing. We are also experiencing a devastation of trans women particularly trans women of color being killed at an alarming rate, we need to let people know and rally to build coalition and support in stopping the crimes.”
Among the many contingents in the march were the “Asians and Pacific Islanders at Trans March 2019!” The contingent included API Equality – Northern California, Parivar, Asians 4 Black Lives, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, and GABRIELA. They gathered under the theme of “HOME + BELONGING. So many of our people are denied homes — physically in our families, socially in our communities, and materially in the Bay Area. While we celebrate the resilience of our communities, we’re also committed to ensuring to fight for a world where all TGNC folks can find home and belonging.”