For Immediate Release
March 10, 2006
For more information:
Trans March Director
(415) 447-2774 / (415) 217-9489
The San Francisco Trans March, largest transgender event in history!
The Third Annual Trans March will take place Friday June 23rd in Dolores Park, San Francisco. Live bands, transgender and gender-variant activists, political speakers, drag kings, and musicians will perform from 3:00pm - 7:00pm, and the March itself will begin at 7:00pm.
The Trans March is a community-building political event, welcoming transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and all genders of people, as well as allies.
Sam Davis, director of the event, explains, “The Trans March is a grassroots social change event organized entirely by community volunteers. It is a demonstration of trans visibility, celebrating the growth of a gender movement.”
San Francisco’s first, historic Trans March in 2004 attracted a crowd estimated at 2,000. Last year’s Trans March brought together 5,000-6,000 people for an amazing community-driven grassroots demonstration on the weekend of LGBT Pride. This year, organizers expect over 10,000 transgender people and allies.
Featured speakers and artists at the Dolores Park sound stage will include punk rock icon Shawna Virago, hip-hop superstar Katastrophe, transgender novelist Leslie Feinberg, performance poet Sini Anderson, all-transwoman rock band Lipstick Conspiracy, intersex activist Thea Hillman, folk/punk guitarist Kaia Wilson, drag king dancers The Cockivores, and many others. Elected officials such as State Assemblyman Mark Leno and District Attorney Kamala Harris who have championed transgender rights will also speak at the commencement of the March and at Civic Center Plaza, where the Trans March ends. For more information and schedule of speakers and performers, please see www.transmarch.org.
About the San Francisco Trans March
The purpose of the Trans March is threefold. It is intended to demonstrate that the violence and discrimination directed against the transgender community will not be tolerated. It is a celebrate the struggles of the trans community for respect, acceptance, and civil rights. And, it is designed to build a supportive, unified trans community bringing together diverse genders, ages, and ethnic backgrounds along with our allies.
Primary sponsors, organizers and supporters of this event include over 50 individual transgender community activists, along with:
Good Vibrations, which will host a tent with free goodies in Dolores Park,
National Center for Lesbian Rights, Horizons Foundation,
United Genders of the Universe!, Walden House, Fresh Meat Productions,
Femina Potens, FTM International, Dolores Park Café, SEIU Local 790,
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center,
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and the Dyke March.