First National Trans Visibility March to Take Place in DC

Photo by Hayne PalmouSan Diego Tribune

Mila Madison

The march is part of a two-day event which takes place from March 31st – April 1st 2019, celebrating the transgender day of visibility with the torch awards and trans visibility ball on the 31st followed by the march, which take place on April 1st.

The goal of the event is to bring awareness to key issues affecting the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community including transgender rights, trans violence, TGNC youth homelessness, healthcare, education, employment, income inequality, and housing.

“Together we will deconstruct the policies, laws, and systems that have jeopardized the health and safety of ourselves and our families,” the group states on their website. “Together we will call out and stand against anyone who discriminates or initiates acts of violence against one of us. Because when they discriminate against one of us, it affects all of us. Today, recognizing our diversity, we speak out and demand our rights with one voice.”

The group is organized by four national regions, the South, Northeast, West and Midwest and includes cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Memphis, New York and San Francisco.

“Until recently, our existence was not counted, and our visibility was suppressed," says Aryah Lester, National Trans Visibility March (NTVM) Director of Ambassadors.

Organizers are calling out the current administration for intentionally rolling back efforts to include transgender communities in the US census, and have issued a call to action to dismantle the social structures that have oppressed and disenfranchised these communities. This march aims to deconstruct the policies, laws, and systems that have jeopardized the health and safety of transgender people and to give the community a voice in the process.

"If nothing is by us it cannot be for us," states NTVM National Organizing Director Marissa Miller.

Watch Slay TV's video called "We We March" below: