SEATTLE, WA: On Friday, June 27, 2014, Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 will award two well-known LGBTQ Social Justice Trailblazers before marching through the streets of Capitol Hill, ending at Cal Anderson Park for a community festival and resource fair. Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 builds on the momentum of Trans* Pride 2013, the second largest Trans* Pride in the country with 2,200+ Trans* and allied participants. Seattle held the first-ever Transgender pride in the nation in 1997.
The march begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27. Marchers will assemble on Broadway in front of Seattle Central Community College, march South to Pike, then East to 11th Ave E. and continue marking toward and enter Cal Anderson Park for an inclusive, no smoking celebration, with ASL interpreters, wheelchair and chemical sensitivity, community resource fair, and local food trucks.
Gender Justice League formally announces the 2014 festivities schedule of nationally renowned Trans* speakers, queer musical guests, and SPECIAL Trans* Pride parties and celebrations. Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 welcomes CeCe McDonald, frequent speaker alongside Laverne Cox Orange is the New Black, and author Janet Mock, she is an outspoken activist around the experiences of trans women and incarceration – especially trans women of color. CeCe was arrested for the death of her transphobic attacker and sentenced to 41 months in prison. Currently, she is free and works to expand the narrative around trans* women beyond outdated stereotypes and narratives.
“Trans* women are women. Trans* men are men. There’s no distinguishing between a “real” woman and a trans* woman. The problem,” explains McDonald, is that “trans people are seen as objects or props, and people don’t attach the humanity to us and the things we go through.”1 Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 and Gender Justice League hope to break isolation, attach humanity to the trans* community, and allow the whole community to see each other authentically.
In addition, Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 welcomes Kai M. Green, writer, poet, and filmmaker of “It Gets Messy in Here.” His work centers around trans* men and masculine identified women of color. Finally, Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 welcomes Elena Rose (Rose) a mixed-race, mixed-class mestiza writer, religious scholar, and artist currently attending seminary in Northern California, whose forthcoming book, Mountain of Myrrh, is set to be released by Dinah Press.
Additionally, Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 features The Nasty Habits, a punk-pop-glam group playing music from the 80’s and 90’s with an edge and energy. They are known as the girls your mother warned you about! The Nasty Habits are also featured at Capitol Hill Pride Fest on Sat June 28th.
Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 and Gender Justice League are proud to have the support of community groups and friends. Parties and celebrations that have named them as beneficiaries of their parties: Trans*Parency hosts an all-ages, trans* positive, queer space at VERA Project on June 12, featuring Kid Amiga, Miss Shelrawka, and DJ Lightray of C 89.5. Nark Magazine’s Gender Blender at Neighbours Nightclub on June 26, featuring Le1f, Ben DeLaCreme, Joslyn Fox, Mama Tits, and more! LICK! hosts the official Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 After Party at Chop Suey on June 27, featuring DJ Dewey Decimal, Res, and Troubled Youth. Finally, T-Shack Seattle Pride Edition, on June 27that Unicorn will donate all cover proceeds to Gender Justice League. T-Shack is hosted by Mama Tits and Heklina Heklina, 2014 Gender Justice League Trailblazer Awardees.
Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 (www.transprideseattle.org), a Pride event organized by Gender Justice League, energizes the Trans* movement for more gender justice and connects racial justice, disability justice, economic justice, immigration justice, and more because Trans* people are not of a single identity or movement. The collaboration between community groups and sponsors indicates a commitment to building community across movements.
The primary sponsor and organizer of Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 is Gender Justice League (www.genderjusticeleague.org), a nonprofit formed by a group of local transgender activists and their allies. Their mission is to advocate for Seattle’s growing transgender and gender-nonconforming community. Trans* Pride Seattle 2014 is an important way for Gender Justice League and the trans* community to elevate issues trans* people face (such as social isolation and discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare and public accommodations) while celebrating our beautiful trans* communities, and to motivate and excite people about changing the climate for trans* people in Washington State.
Additional sponsors include: Gay City Health Project, Greater Seattle Business Association, and Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.
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Zachary Pullin | Press Relations | Gender Justice League
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ABOUT GENDER JUSTICE LEAGUE
Gender Justice League is a Washington State trans* and allied activist collective headquartered in Seattle. We are a fiscally sponsored project of Gay City Health Project. GJL was started by a group of long time trans*, queer, and allied activists who were looking to increase the community’s capacity to address cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny and homo, bi, and queer phobias that trans*, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming people face.
1 Caira Conner of PolicyMic