Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newfoundland's first Trans March and Rally 7/13/14

History was made July 13, 2014, as members of the St. John's trans community and their allies attended a rally and march at Confederation Building on Prince Philip Drive.  This was a grass roots movement that I organized in attempt to raise awareness to some of the challenges still facing members of the trans community, a the overall LGBT community 'celebrates' Pride Week.

Although the turn out of 10, was a far cry from the 2000 who attended the official Pride parade later in the week, the event attracted the attention of CBC Radio, who did a 9 minute live interview with me on site

Included in the attendance, was Rebecca Martin, another keen local trans activist, who also received a radio interview from CBC, later in the week, to discuss trans issues. 

There was also a special appearance by my alter-ego, Trans Mysterio, my pro wrestling character, who added some fun to an otherwise serious event. 

The rally lasted 2 hours, with more than 1000 cars driving by on the busy intersection. Many folks honked horns and waved in support. The march consisted of an out and back 2 km walk down Prince Philip Drive towards lovely Kent's Pond.  Along the way, we found a portable toilet, and declared it was 'gender neutral'.

It is my hopes that this will be the first of many annual trans pride marches in this city. It was an honour to share this event with some of the really keen trans activists in this city.

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