Seattle’s Gender Justice League has a big announcement about this year’s TRANS* PRIDE SEATTLE event: activist CeCe McDonald will give the keynote address at the rally on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Cal Anderson Park.
More from the GJL announcement:
CeCe McDonald served 19 months in prison for defending herself from a group of people who violently attacked her. Arrested for using deadly force, she faced up to 80 years in prison. CeCe took a plea deal that sentenced her to 41 months. To supporters, she was jailed for defending herself against the bigotry and violence that trans people often face and that is so rarely punished. CeCe’s case elicited an international groundswell of support among social justice activists and trans youth. Her case helped shed a national spotlight on the violence and discrimination faced by transgender women of color and incarceration. Now, she uses her story to activate us all for liberation – confronting race, transgender experiences, sexism, incarceration and more, frequently alongside Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black, and Janet Mock, Redefining Realness.
We are proud of have CeCe join us for Trans* Pride as our keynote to highlight how transgender people are targeted with racist violence and incarceration.
More info about this year’s Seattle Trans* Pride event which will also feature
Trans* Pride Seattle takes place on the Friday before Seattle’s Pride Festivities (the last weekend in June). 2014′s Trans* Pride Seattle will take place on June 27th. The March starts at 6:00pm (assembly beginning at 5pm), with festivities in Cal Anderson running from 6:45pm to 10:00pm.
Trans* Pride Seattle will start with a march. We will begin assembling for the march at 5pm in front of Seattle Central Community College at Broadway and Howell. At 6pm we will begin to march south on Broadway to Pike Street, where we will turn left and march east to 11th Avenue. From there we will turn left again and march north to Cal Anderson Park. We will enter the park at 11th and Olive Street. The March will end with a rally and celebration in Cal Anderson Park.
We are very excited to be presenting a spectacular selection of Trans* speakers and musicians. Speakers include: leader, role model and activist, CeCe McDonald; scholar, poet and filmmaker, Kai M. Green; and the Filipina-Ashkenazic mixed-class trans dyke mestiza, writer, religion scholar, medic, and survivor, Elena Rose. Seattle’s own “The Nasty Habits” will be rocking out the tunes. A few speakers from select organizations will also be taking the stage to discuss their work and the services and opportunities they offer. In addition, there will be an information and resource fair with a wide variety of community groups and organizations doing outreach. There’ll also be food trucks and our beloved community out in full force!