On October 8, a delegation of several Liberty City Members joined hundreds of others for Philadelphia's first annual Philly Trans* March. The purpose of the march was to increase visabilty of the whole range of gender expressions and to demand equal treatment for all parts of the LGBTQ community. The Philly Trans* March website explains:
The Philly Trans* March is not only a rally and a demonstration but it is also a revolutionary movement. Open to people of all genders and gender experiences, the Philly Trans* March welcomes everyone to join in this celebration of identities and to protest against the hate, social injustice and inequality faced by our communities and the people in them. With an aim to increase trans* visibility, this march is a celebration of our beauty, strength, and diversity.
The March kicked off with a rally at Love Park at 3pm. As hundreds of supporters gathered with rainbow flags and fabulous marching signs, Emcee Cooper introduced various speakers to inspire the group. Max October and Nico Amador represented RAGE and encouraged the crowd to join the movement to end SEPTA's discriminatory practice of requiring riders to declare their gender in order to ride. Then, HIV and Transgender Activist Jaci Adams gave an passionate rally speech that got the crowd in high spirits and ready to march. Liberty City members then joined members of RAGE as we marched through the streets of Philly. The march took us around city hall, down South Broad Street making a left onto Pine Street and another left onto 13th Street, marching through the Gayborhood to Market Street, back around City Hall returning to Love Park.
From there, the crowed remained in the park for performances by Benni E and Dynasty. Finally, poet and rally organizer Christian Axavier addressed the crowd.
Liberty City LGBT Democrats is proud to have played a role in such and important event. We look forward to participating next year.