The militant march and two rallies were organized by TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color center for community organizing.
This important demonstration helps to commemorate the heroic Stonewall Rebellion that took place in June 1969, when transgender youth of color battled police repression for four days. The rebellion gave birth to the modern-day lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement.
Participants at the rallies, which took place on the Christopher Street Pier, heard speakers share their experiences as survivors of immigrant bashing, police brutality, gentrification, transphobia, lack of health care and more from an anti-racist, working-class perspective.
When the march took to the streets, chants of “What do we want? Transjustice. When do we want it? Now!” rang through the streets of the West Village as onlookers clapped and waved.
To read the organizers’ 10-point program, go to alp.org.