For June’s Moving to End Violence event, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. participated in the 10th annual Trans March. This was the second year representatives from our agency have participated in the event, and both years have proved to be a fun and rewarding experience.
Each year, Trans March is the kick-off event for San Francisco’s Pride weekend. It is the largest SF Pride event, and one of the largest Trans events in the world! It began in 2004 when community activists came together to assert their presence and visibility in the Queer community. When the event was born in 2004, it was attended by a couple hundred people who marched; today, turnout is in the thousands! It’s important to note that the Trans March is completely run and organized by volunteers from the community. Their mission is, “to inspire all trans and gender non-conforming people to realize a world where we are safe, loved, and empowered. We strive to create a space for our diverse communities to unite and achieve the social justice and equality that each of us deserves.”
For two years in a row, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been honored to have the opportunity to march alongside our domestic violence community partners like CUAV and Asian Women’s Shelter. In addition to showing support for the trans and gender non-conforming community, participating in the Trans March helps raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in all kind of relationships, as well as the unique obstacles transgender survivors face in accessing supportive services. Contrary to popular belief, violence is not a gendered issue: domestic violence occurs with alarming frequency in non-heterosexual relationships, and abusers are not always straight men. The traditional gender binary model is not reflected by the reality of domestic violence.