DON’T HIDE YOUR PRIDE! UNCAGE YOUR RAGE!
Since 2010, trans and genderqueer people in Vancouver have been marching before the Pride weekend. This march is a political protest and a celebration of gender diversity!
ASSEMBLE at 5:30pm at Clark Park, E 14th and Commercial Dr. for sign making! (supplies provided)
MARCH at 6pm!
We will march south on Commercial Drive, turn east on Grant St, and end at Victoria Park with speeches by community members.
Wear what you want, and feel free to be FABULOUS. Costumes encouraged!
Allies are enthusiastically invited and welcome!
We acknowledge that this march is taking place on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories.) This march stands in solidarity with indigenous people's resistance to colonization. This march operates in a spirit of inclusion and solidarity with two-spirt people who may or may not also claim identities such as trans and genderqueer.
This march is an opportunity for genderqueer and trans people to be celebrated, through an assembly in peace, joy and solidarity, in order to loudly and proudly express their pride in themselves, and their community. There’s a lot to celebrate:
- We are beautiful, brilliant and creative!
- The diverse ways we define and express our genders.
- Our bodies are beautiful in all our forms.
- We are strong, resourceful and resilient, despite a host of barriers to our dignity and freedom!
- Our long, often unmentioned, history of protest and activism.
- Trans and genderqueer people are SEXY AS HELL!
- We stand in solidarity for the safety & dignity of all sex workers
This march is a platform for expression of outrage with the ongoing policing, exclusion, erasure and oppression of trans and gender non-conforming people. Make some noise and let the world know what needs to change!
- Violence: social, institutional and physical violence against our minds, bodies and souls.
- Bullying at school, on the job, by the police and by our governments.
- Erasure from social histories, despite the fact that we have always been here and always will be!
- Denial of express protections against discrimination, harassment, hate-crimes and hate speech in legislation!
- Legal, administrative and institutional failures to recognize and respect our gender identities and accord us the dignity we deserve and demand!
- Employment, housing/shelter and educational insecurity and marginalization!
- Inadequate medical services (e.g. Phalloplasty coverage NOW, yo!)
- Oppressive delivery of medical services! Gate-keep much?
- Horrific and harassing treatment by police!
- A prison system that abuses transgender people by placing them in solitary confinement and denying them appropriate medical care.
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Afterwards, please come dance and celebrate with us!
All Ages Cabaret and Dance
9pm - Gallery Gachet (wheelchair accessible) - 88 E Cordova
genderTRASH facebook event coming soon, stay tuned!
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You should expect a march of approximately 17 city blocks (of varying lengths) from start to finish. There will be a slight uphill trend to the route. Starting and ending points are city parks that are accessible to wheelchairs. Exit to/from the march for wheelchairs once the march is underway will be via city curb-cuts. We wish to ensure that no marcher is left behind, so we will invite slower-moving marchers (whether by reason of age, mobility, or otherwise) to take the lead and be at the front of the march. We will ensure that the march does not pass those slower-moving marchers.
Victoria Park, our ending location, is equipped with public restrooms. More information about these facilities coming soon.
This is a scent-reduced event! Please refrain from wearing anything that emits scents or odours that would aggravate those with scent-sensitivities. This includes colognes, perfumes, essential oils or products containing them, including gels, sprays, etc, or using laundry dryer sheets and detergents. And as much as we love nail art, please apply your fresh coat of fabulous at least 8 hours before coming to this event.
Please note that the placards to be provided will have cedar handles, so be aware of this if you are allergic or sensitive to cedar. Please note also that for people who will require the use of both hands while marching (e.g. folks using a walker), we will endeavour to provide you with a sandwich-board type set-up so that you can still carry forward the message you want to express.
This event will be filmed & photographed by community members and the media. Be ready to be seen and heard!
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Also find us at http://transpridevancouver.wordpress.com/
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