Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Executive Director, St. Pete Pride
St Pete Pride, TransAction Florida
Equality Florida, Director of Transgender Equality
TransPride March at St. Pete Pride - Making History in Florida!
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - St. Pete Pride, acknowledged as the state’s largest LGBTQ Pride event, is proud to announce an historic event happening at this year’s Pride. For the first time in Florida, this year’s St. Pete Pride parade will be kicked off by the TransPride March, consisting of all members of the transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer communities, their families, friends, allies and supporters.
“Somewhere along the way, in the fight for acceptance and equality, our movement allowed the rights of trans individuals to be pushed to be back of the line. Pride celebrations all over the nation accepted, and often embraced, the term "Gay Pride," even though it was those within the Trans community who helped begin the Pride movement. We could very well not be celebrating Pride today if it weren't for the Trans community,” said Eric Skains, Executive Director of St Pete Pride. “Pride month began with Trans people, and the issues facing the Trans community and the progress made, need to be recognized at every Pride.”
The TransPride March is proudly sponsored by Equality Florida and its transgender inclusion initiative, TransAction Florida.
“TransAction Florida is so proud to sponsor this historic march recognizing the entire spectrum of the transgender community. It is time that all identities feel safe to step forward out of the shadows and demand that the world see us as we see ourselves. We call on all Floridians to join us at this historic event,” added Gina Duncan, Director of Transgender Equality, Equality Florida.
Participants can sign-up here to march: https://tickets.stpetepride.com/e/5/2017-st-pete-pride-trans-march?ref=StPetePride
The first 500 people to register will be given a TransPride T-shirt and transgender pride flag. All marchers are encouraged to bring transgender pride flags.
“I am thrilled to be part of a Pride festival that recognizes the importance of intentionally celebrating the transgender community. Elevating the voices of the trans community and celebrating pride in all our unique identities and stories within the LGBT is an amazing and beautiful thing,” said Nathan Bruemmer, St Pete Pride Board Member and TransAction Advisory Board Member.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
March Start: Albert Whitted Park
March Ends: Vinoy Park
March participants will march towards the designated start of the Parade so anyone in the March can also join the Parade.