July 20, 2016 at 11:32 am EDT | by Steve Charing
Baltimore TransUpRising one year later
transgender activists, gay news, Washington Blade

Bryanna A. Jenkins of Baltimore Transgender Alliance led the march. (Photo courtesy of Brian Gaither)

Last July 24, about 100 transgender activists took to the streets to draw attention to the plight of transgender residents of Baltimore and, in particular, trans people of color. The march, which was called TransUpRising, was organized by Bryanna Jenkins, founding member and director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, as well as leaders from other trans advocacy groups.

On July 29 from 6:30-9 p.m. there will be an event called “Come Together” that will commemorate the one-year anniversary of Baltimore TransUpRising and a reflection on the status of Baltimore’s trans community over the past year.  It will take place at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave. in Baltimore.

“Come Together is a monthly networking event held at Red Emma’s hosted by Qiara Butler,” Jenkins tells the Blade. “She wanted to collaborate with the Baltimore Trans United to do a networking event so we can promote our organization and have a venue to engage the public.”

“We will definitely talk about the impactful year we had while also letting the community know our plans going forward for the end of this year and the start of 2017,” says Jenkins.  “I will be stepping down to attend law school in Chicago so our new executive director will be announced publicly at this event.”

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