As part of our continuing community building programming, Gender Justice League is developed and hosts Seattle Trans* Pride in Cal Anderson Park the Friday of Pride Week!
The goal of Trans*Pride Seattle is to increase the power of the trans* community and its allies, both within and beyond Seattle, through the elevation of our visibility, breaking down barriers, increasing our connections, ending isolation, and creating a Trans* celebration that is vital to our community’s social justice work. Trans*Pride seeks to show our numbers, share our ideas, and call for an end to violence, discrimination, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse, and mental pathologization that transgender and gender non-conforming people have faced. We are aiming to increase the visibility and acceptance of Seattle’s transgender community by recruiting allies and engaging the wider community on trans* issues, while simultaneously celebrating the trans community’s rich diversity, strength, and beauty.
As such, Seattle follows the examples of cities such as Atlanta, Toronto, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, which have lead by example and have held transgender pride marches. Trans* Pride Seattle is inteded to be an annual tradition to celebrate our community and enhance Seattle’s reputation as a welcoming, diverse city that believes in gender liberation, freedom, and supports all genders. Trans* Pride’s mission is to create a venue for the exchange of ideas, building visibility, and deepening connections for Seattle’s Trans* community.
Trans*Pride is a pride event organized by Gender Justice League in association with dozens of other organizations who participate. Each year Trans* Pride looks a little different depending on who organizes it but generally includes: A short march in Capitol Hill followed by a celebration and resource fair in Cal Anderson Park with speaker’s, performers, and community service organizations and vendors who work directly for and with the Trans* community.
The Trans*Pride march is open to the public and all people who support the goals of Trans* Pride. The March and Celebration are meant do not include political candidates, corporations, or other promotional entities that are not directly related to the Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Queer, or Allied communities. We encourage the participation by groups, organizations, and individuals in the Trans* communities or offering services directly to the Trans* and allied communities.
Trans* Pride Takes place on the Friday before Seattle’s Pride Festivities (typically the last weekend in June). 2014′s Trans* Pride Seattle will take place on the 27th, 2014. The March typically starts around 6pm, with festivities in Cal Anderson running from 6:45pm to 9:30pm.
The event will start with a march assembly on Broadway in front of Seattle Central Community college, we will then march towards Pine Street, turning left and marching east on Pine Street to 11th Avenue where we will also turn left. The March will end with a rally and celebration in Cal Anderson Park. With speakers, tables & booths from local community organizations and businesses, and live performances by Trans* and Allied artists.
Visit the event page at www.TransPrideSeattle.org for more information. There you can become a volunteer or schedule your group in the march!
Trans* Pride is an event organized and held by community efforts. It is a grassroots project led by those most affected by the social ills affecting transgendered people. As such, we need the help from people like you! Help us out by donating at top of this page, or by volunteering and filling out the form below. Together we can make Trans* Pride a success!