With Pride Month in full swing, calendars are already full with parades, demonstrations, and parties. And while Pride is about celebrating the entire community, some cities have gone a step beyond, creating transgender Prides where trans and gender non-conforming folks can feel especially welcomed, safe, and uplifted.
Many take the form of protest marches, calling for an end to transphobia and anti-trans violence, and for rights that continue to not only be withheld, but which are now also being rescinded by the Trump administration.
Other events provide a more festive atmosphere where the community can enjoy one another’s company, as well as entertainment, in an affirming and relaxed environment. Whether you’re a member of the community or you’re an ally, these trans prides are a chance to come together and stand up for what’s right.
Trans Pride LA
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is once again hosting its annual Trans Pride L.A. festival this weekend, June 15–16 at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The event, in its seventh year, is one of the most well-attended of its kind.
This year will kickoff with a speech from Minneapolis City Council member Andrea Jenkens, the first openly transgender African-American woman to be elected to public office in the country. The weekend will also feature an art exhibit, live music, a clothing swap, panels, a self-defense workshop, and a “varieTy” show with performances by Transparent’s Alexandra Billings, Kelly Mantle, and others.
Friday’s events run from 7-10pm, and Saturday’s run from 12-9:30pm.
Portland Trans Pride March
On the other side of the country that same weekend, on June 16 at 2pm, the Portland community will march, from Ankeny St. to Glisan St., meeting at North Park Blocks, 235 NW Park Ave.
“The organizers note Trans is used with the intention of being inclusive to all genders on the spectrum including those who are two spirit, intersex, nonbinary, and more. Show your support by centering trans voices and remember the killer tagline: ’Transform, transcend, transgress the (cis)tem!'” said a spokesperson for Greater Portland Trans Unity.
San Francisco Trans March
The 15th annual San Francisco Trans March hits the streets Friday, June 22, and organizers are expecting around 10,000 people to attend. It is the largest trans Pride event in the United States, if not the world, they shared.
The day begins at 11am in Mission Dolores Park, Dolores St. & 19th St., with a youth and elder brunch, followed by a festival including a family area, vendors, performers, and speakers. The march will run from 6-7:30pm and will be followed by speakers.
Trans Pride Seattle
— Trans* Pride Seattle (@TransPrideSEA) June 25, 2016
Trans Pride Seattle, organized by Gender Justice League, will also take place on June 22. Marchers will take off at 6pm from the Seattle Central College Plaza, and will walk on Broadway, Pike St., 11th Ave. and enter Cal Anderson Park.
From there, attendees can celebrate at the festival, which will feature performances and appearances by singer Shae Diamond, model Laith Ashley, and others, and goes until 10pm.
Pride Toronto Trans March
Join the ETT LGBTQI Committee & @CUPE4400 for Pride Toronto’s annual Trans March on June 22. Celebrate our diversity before the march by coming out to our social at the Bishop and the Belcher. https://t.co/Zz7Nw9poT7 #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/QQBcKTVwEv
— ETT (@ElemTeachersTO) June 7, 2018
The Toronto transgender community will also march on June 22, meeting at the intersection of Church St. and Hayden St. at 7pm, marching along Bloor, Yonge, and Carlton, to Allan Gardens for a show featuring trans performers, running through 10pm.
The Grand Marshal this year will be longtime community activist Yasmeen Persad, and organizers said trans women of color and the differently abled are encouraged to lead the march and set the pace for all.
The Trans March is part of Pride Toronto, taking place June 22-24.
Trans Pride Brighton
— Sunburnt ☿⛤♥ (@3AlexRobin) July 22, 2017
Trans Pride Brighton is comprised of over a week of events, culminating in a march, at noon on July 21, followed by a festival from 1-6pm, at Brunswick Square in Hove, featuring live performances and community tables.
The march will travel just over one mile, starting at the Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Prince’s St., Brighton, after community members deliver speeches, starting around 11:30am.
Other events throughout the week include art exhibits, workshops, a vinyl auction, a film screening, a clothing swap, the Annual Brighton Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference, and more.
Transgender Pride in the Park in Ferndale, Michigan
Transgender Michigan will hold its sixth annual Transgender Pride in the Park on August 11. The event features food, entertainment, vendors, and speakers, and will take place in Ferndale Geary Park, from 12-6pm. Approximately 500 people attended last year’s event.
Transgender Michigan has been advocating for the state’s transgender and gender non-conforming communities since 1997.