Historically, Nov. 20 has been designated as Transgender Day of Remembrance to mourn and reflect on the lives of those transgender individuals who died during the past year. But this year, the first nationally organized day of protest by trans people of color and allies will take place to promote justice and equality for all trans people in the face of discrimination and violence.
Organized by the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, the Transgender March of Resilience will serve to raise awareness for the Trans Day of Remembrance and to recognize the need to lift all voices in the community.
“In a time where transgender people, especially black transgender women, are under constant attack for living unapologetically in our truths, it is imperative that we acknowledge the resilience of who we are,” Bryanna A. Jenkins, the lead organizer, told the Blade. “The Transgender March of Resilience allows transgender people to reclaim our own narratives and begin a tradition where we honor the value and importance of our lives while we are still living to feel the impact.”
In the wake of the Baltimore disturbances this past spring, transgender activists saw a need to create a new narrative and raise awareness of the issues affecting the trans community.
Organizers will march in solidarity with transgender activists from New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans and other cities across the country.
The march will begin at 4 p.m. at the Y Not Lot on North Avenue and also from Pennsylvania Station. Both marches will converge on the War Memorial Plaza for a rally. The protesters will then carry candles as they march to the First Unitarian Church on West Franklin Street for the Transgender Day of Remembrance service.