As Pride Week kicks off in Tacoma, we remember that Pride originally began as a riot led by trans women and gender non-conforming people of color resisting community and state violence.
In honor of the resistance that continues for full liberation and justice for the LGBTQ community, especially for queer and trans people of color, we will gather to:
-Reclaim and celebrate our communities
-Remember those who struggled for freedom and justice for queer and trans people of color
-Rise up against the disparities and violence faced by the LGBTQ community, especially queer and trans people of color
We’ll be marching from Pacific Avenue and 21st street and ending at Pacific Avenue and 9th street, where we’ll be invited onstage by Tacoma Pride Festival to share about the significance of the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 9th, reflect on our experiences last summer during our direct actions at that intersection, and call on movement-building that critically engages intersectional equity and liberation.
We’ll be running our own booth at the festival, too – stop by and say hi, pick up some swag, and take photos at our photo wall. We’ll also be collecting stories from those who’d like to share about their experiences in the health, education, and criminal justice systems as a part of a future advocacy project thatwe’re planning. Come through and connect!
*As this is a family-friendly event, we ask that you bring good energy and respect.*