Ahead of this weekend’s third annual National Women’s March, the first annual National Trans Visibility March (NTVM) has been announced.
According to the event’s press release, this will be the first ever official transgender and gender non-conforming march on the United States capital, Washington DC.
The march is part of a two-day event, beginning Sunday, 31 March and concluding with the march on Monday, 1 April.
‘Members of the transgender and gender non-conforming communities will take a major stand against hate and discrimination when they rally in the nation’s capital for the first ever National Trans Visibility March (NTVM),’ the press release states.
Similar to the Women’s March, the aim of the NTVM is to have coordinated marches across the country.
Both trans and gender non-conforming people will be marching with their allies and ‘calling for equal rights, physical safety and demanding the transgender communities be officially and federally recognized across every state department within this great nation’.
A weekend of activism
31 March will kick off the event with the Torch Awards, honoring trans individuals. A Trans Visibility Ball will immediately follow that Sunday evening.
As stated before, the march will take place the following day.
NTVM Director of Ambassadors Aryah Lester said that previously trans existence ‘was not counted’ and the community was ‘suppressed’. These demonstrations are a way to combat that.