On July 29th we come together for a political protest and a celebration of gender diversity!
5:30pm ASSEMBLE at Clark Park, E 14th and Commercial Dr.
5:45pm Land Recognition, Opening Welcome, and invitation for those with mobility aides, scooters, wheelchairs, children, and folks who move at a slower pace to move up front and set the pace for the march.
6:00pm -We will march north on Commercial Drive, turn east on Grant St, and end at Victoria Park with speeches and performances by community members.
We acknowledge that this march is taking place on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories.) This march stands in solidarity with indigenous people’s resistance to colonization. This march operates in a spirit of inclusion and solidarity with two-spirit people who may or may not also claim identities such as trans and genderqueer.
This march acknowledges the erasure and injustice of colonization towards two-spirit people.
In order to make this even accessible to all of our organizers, performers, and volunteers, we are trying this year to make this event scent-, and smoke-free. This means:
- Don’t wear scented colognes, perfumes, deodorants on the day of the march.
- Do your best to eliminate scents from your body and clothing (follow the tips on our accessibility page).
- Don’t light up or vape up during the march or post-march festival. Participants caught smoking or vaping in the march or post-march festival may be asked to leave by marshalls.
This year, in order to keep the focus of the march on individuals rather than organizations, we have a no banner policy. All non-profit organizations, businesses, political parties, and unions are asked not to bring a banner to this event. Instead, participants are asked to carry placards. This is a march of the trans community, not a parade to promote businesses or organizations.
A Low-Barrier March
We are trying to make this march as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. To reduce barriers, we are:
- providing accessibility information on our “accessibility” page
- renting a van to travel behind the march for those who can’t walk the full distance. There is ONE wheelchair accessible spot in the van: if you need to use it you must contact us in advance.
- providing bus tickets for people to get to and from the march. Contact us if you need bus tickets.
- providing “brown bag” food at the post-march festival after the march.