Trans March: It’s Today!

*There has been some confusion as to the trans march’s location and time found on our events page. The info has been corrected, and is reiterated here.*

Friday, June 28th: Trans Rally and March

When Is It?
There is a gathering at Norman Jewison Park(east of Yonge and Gloucester) at 6pm, on Friday June 28th. 2013

Rally Speakers will be on stage from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

This year the rally speakers will be: Alec Butler,Dani Arraya, Den Temin , Julissa Penate , Olivia Chow and Marcela Romero.

Pride Toronto’s official involvement ends at Wood Street, but Trans* Community members and supporters will continue south on Yonge and east on Carlton, ending at Allan Gardens.

Who Can March?
All trans identified people, their friends and allies. We encourage you to tell your friends about the event and come help us celebrate the LGBTTIQQ2SA community.

From the community regarding potential police presence in the Trans March:

The following is an open letter to the LGBT Consultative Committee, the Toronto Police Service, care of the Toronto Police LGBT Community Liaison Officer.

A group of individuals met tonight on Wednesday, June 26th 2013, to a meeting called “Emergency Trans* Community Meeting to Discuss Concerns, issue statement re: Police Involvement,” and discussed the participation of a contingent of Toronto Police officers in the Trans* March 2013.

The following statements were prepared in collaboration with all who were present.

It was stated that the letter from the Police was received by the organizers of Trans* March about a week prior to its announcement on June 15th.

There are some members present at this meeting who would be comfortable with uniformed police officers. A majority of persons present would feel uncomfortable with it.

There are some individuals at this meeting who support the idea of the “Toronto Police Service LGBT Officers Marching Contingent” participating in the march, and believe it will be a good thing for the community. Many people in this meeting object to the presence of a police-affiliated group in Trans* March, even out of uniform, and would find their presence detrimental and/or triggering.

We did not have a sufficient amount of time as a community to form a proper consultation or consensus process to properly address this issue. We are a group who met on short notice, we acknowledge that there are persons from the community who are not able to be present at this meeting. We who are present are doing our best to communicate the feelings that were expressed in discussion.

This is a contentious and sensitive issue for many people in the community. We were not able to reach consensus on what the best course of action should be.

We acknowledge that there are a lot of people in the community who object to police presence.

From,

Attendees of “Emergency Trans* Community Meeting to Discuss Concerns, issue statement re: Police Involvement”

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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