The energy was infectious as participants gathered at Piedmont Park on Oct. 11 for the start of the annual Atlanta Pride Trans March. Members of Atlanta’s trans community and their allies proudly marched side by side through Midtown raising visibility and challenging gender norms along the way. Participants remembered their fallen trans sisters at the start of the march by speaking the name of each of the deceased. Over 20 trans individuals have been murdered in 2015 with the majority being trans women of color.
The audience for The Trans March proved to be quite enthusiastic as spectators honked their car horns in support or exited their vehicles to get a front row seat to activism in real time. A half dozen anti-gay/trans protesters armed with bullhorns and scripture on placards printed out of context, met the marchers at the conclusion of the route but were no match for supporters who drowned out their messages of hate with love.
Chant of the day: “What do we want? Trans rights! When do we want it? Now!