Monday, November 19, 2012

EVENT: TDOR Rally & March TOMORROW (Tuesday, Nov 20th)

Tomorrow is the Transgender Day Of Remembrance. The local, Fresno event is being organized by Trans-E-Motion. Gay Central Valley is proud to help sponsor the day and will also be marching and tabling at the Downtown Arts Collective after the march. Our own Kaylia Metcalfe will also be one of the featured speakers.

Here are the details as provided by Trans-E-Motion...

Prior to the Walk for Transgender Awareness, a short rally will be held at Fresno Courthouse Park at 1100 Van Ness Ave from 4:30pm to 5pm in which inspirational speakers will brace us for the powerful visibility we endeavor to create by marching to increase transgender awareness. 

We welcome you and your organization to be a part of this groundbreaking experience to increase local awareness of transgender/ gender variant/ gender diverse existence.  This is something that has never been done in Fresno and most of the Central Valley before and we want your organization to be a part of the change that we hope to create in the world for anyone who transcends gender in some way and their allies.

As part of the Walk, which will begin around 5pm at Fresno Courthouse Park, those participating are encouraged to hold small (electric) candles as a way to symbolize their reverence for the people whose lives were unfortunately cut short due to of transphobia and anti-transgender bias. We will provide the candles. Not everyone must hold candles to participate.  For those wishing to celebrate their support of transgender/ gender diverse people, they are welcome to hold signs that show their affirmation and acceptance. We will also certainly welcome any creative signs that show support and inclusion of our local transgender community.  We encourage organizations to make their own signs if possible and we will also have pre-made signs available before the walk for people to hold as they walk.

The walk will last for about 40 minutes, covering no more than a few blocks (the route that we'll take will be announced the end of the rally).  Our final destination will be the Downtown Community Arts Collective at 764 P. Street where we will hold our Reception Celebration.  We will arrive roughly around 6pm shortly before we begin the festivities of our celebration. All organizations and walkers for trans equality are more than welcome to stay for the reception where we will have more speakers, live performances, art displays, refreshments, and  a memorial in which we will read the names of those who passed away this last year. So, once again, we will meet at Fresno's Courthouse Park at 4:30pm, have ourselves a nice rally, have the Walk for Transgender Awareness from Courthouse Park to the Downtown Community Arts Collective from 5pm to 5:45pm/6pm, and then enjoy the festivities of the celebration (for those who can stay).

For more information: please e-mail or call 559-464-5806. Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope to hear from you!

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