I get to see it all. Any time anything happens, there’s a march, and it goes right by my front door here at the Luxury Viking Hotel in San Francisco, CA.
Since a small rag tag group started this march in 2004, it has taken place every year on the Friday before Gay Pride. This years was the biggest I’ve seen yet.
Here is a copy of the origional e mail that was sent out in 2004, and still represents this march’s purpose today:
“We are calling for this march to demonstrate that we are a significant and growing portion of the lgbtiq community; to increase our visibility and presence in the tgiqlb community and the overall community at large; to encourage more trans and gender-variant people to come out; to build connections among ftm, mtf, bayot, crossdressers, sadhin, hijra, transvestites, bantut, drag queens, drag kings, mahu, transsexuals, bakla, travesti, genderqueers, kathoey, two spirit, intersex and those with other labels for themselves and no labels for themselves, those who see gender as having more than two options, and those who live between the existing options; to support one another as a community, through all of our struggles; to speak out against violence, hate, transphobia, and the oppression of any and all of us under the existing social structure; and to be fabulous and powerful in the company of others that are fabulous and powerful.
Dress up, show up, bring signs, speak out, and be what happens!
Please enhance, translate and pass this on to any groups, lists, or individuals who might be interested.”