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The Friday before Pride, 3 pm - 7 pm Speakers and Performers, 7 pm MARCH! Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th Street Over 40 different performance artists onstage in Dolores Park, both before and after the March! Calling all transfolks, friends, allies and admirers! We are calling for this march to demonstrate that we are a significant and growing portion of the lgbtiq community; to increase our visibility and presence in the tgiqlb community and the overall community at large; to encourage more trans and gender-variant people to come out; to build connections among ftm, mtf, bayot, crossdressers, sadhin, hijra, transvestites, bantut, drag queens, drag kings, mahu, transsexuals, bakla, travesti, genderqueers, kathoey, two spirit, intersex and those with other labels for themselves and no labels for themselves, those who see gender as having more than two options, and those who live between the existing options; to support one another as a community, through all of our struggles; to speak out against violence, hate, transphobia, and the oppression of any and all of us under the existing social structure; and to be fabulous and powerful in the company of others that are fabulous and powerful. Dress up, show up, bring signs, speak out, and be what happens!
A powerful, grassroots gender movement is underway and the Trans March is the most visible statement of our community's demand for equality, recognition and respect as human beings. Last year, the Trans March brought together 7,500 transgender people and allies, and featured a 3-hour performance stage with over 20 different gender-variant musicians, political speakers, and live bands. The Trans March is growing exponentially, and this year we are expecting a crowd of over 10,000 transpeople and allies! The Trans March is designed to bring together all the fabulous diversity of the transgender and gender-variant community along with our allies, in a celebration of our mutual support and our political struggles. We have now reached a critical mass as a gender movement, capable of standing up against the patterns of violence, hate, discrimination and systematic oppression directed against our community. As the Trans March grows, we need your crucial financial support to enable us to maintain safety and produce a fantastic 2008 celebration! The last four years' Trans March stages in Dolores Park have showcased the artistic brilliance of the trans community, featuring the legendary trans/dyke punk rock band Tribe 8, renowned transgender writer Leslie Feinberg, celebrated transman hip-hop artist Katastrophe, punk/glam-rockers Shawna Virago and the Deadly Nightshade Family, the all-transwoman rock band Lipstick Conspiracy, intersex activist and performance writer Thea Hillman, and many more, including speeches by numerous transgender activists and by elected officials such as State Assemblyman Mark Leno, Senator Carole Migden, and District Attorney Kamala Harris who have championed transgender rights issues. At the 2007 Trans March, starting off the weekend of LGBT Pride, 7,500 people marched from Dolores Park with at least 8 different TV and media sources covering our event.
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