Trans March

Trans March

Zoia

Zoia

Police Line the Streets

Police Line the Streets

Trans March

Trans March

Trans March

Trans March

Transgendered people and their allies met Friday (June 23,2006) in Chelsea Park to protest NYC’s refusal to give them a permit to march. They hold the march to speak out against Transphobia, a far too common trend in their community. Ironically, the city did not give them a permit because they do not recognize transpeople as part of the city’s Gay Pride Celebration, because they are Transphobic themselves. Luckily, the community came out anyway for a full day of events beginning at Chelsea Park with speakers and chants.

Police lined the perimeter of the park with motor bikes but the mood at the park was high, and everyone was ready to march whether or not they would get arrested. Many people had a cell phone number written across their arm that anyone participating in the march could call in case they got arrested so that the rest could come together and bail them out of jail.

Zoia, a 32 year-old transwoman, came out because she hopes that the March will help to end violence against transpeople. Just six years ago in June of 2000, Amanda Milan, a 25-year-old African-American transgender woman, was brutally murdered in the middle of an intersection near Port Authority Bus Terminal as onlookers cheered. Many people carried signs, remembering Milan and with a message that read, “not one more transwoman murdered.”


Though the police denied them a permit Zoia was also hopeful, “This is only our second year doing this,” she said, “I think it will start to get bigger and bigger, right now we have over 100!”

Not only is the trans community in danger of not getting proper protection from the police, they are also many times denied equal access to jobs, housing, homeless shelters, health care etc.

“There is no such thing as an illegal person!” Reverend Peck, of the Metropolitan Community Church shouted during his speech to the community to the crowd of eager onlookers. And perhaps the police heard them because as they started march which went along 8 Ave., the police did not try to stop them, they simply rode along as the marchers chanted and carried signs spread the message of TRANSJUSTICE NOW!