ACTION ALERT: Trans Day of Action Press Release
Audre Lorde Project Rallies Against Violence in 10th Anniversary Trans Day of Action
Trans Organizers - March to Continue the Legacy of Stonewall Resistance
(New York June 27, 2014)– Today, TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project, created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color, will be gatheringTrans and Gender Non-Conforming organizations and allies to march to the Christopher Street Pier for the 10th Annual Trans Day of Action to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and draw attention to the continuing conditions faced by transgender gender non-conforming people (TGNC) of color.
“This is the tenth year that Audre Lorde Project and our partner organizations have rallied for justice and visibility for trans and gender non-conforming people of color in New York City and in our movements,” said Cara Page, Audre Lorde Project Executive Director. “Even though we have witnessed unprecedented media attention on transgender issues, but policing and violence against trans and gnc people is increasing exponentially.”
According to a recent report by the Anti-Violence Project, in 2013, there was a 21% increase in reports of physical hate violence against LGBT people, 89% of LGBT homicide victims were people of color and 72% were trans women.
The 2014 Trans Day of Action calls for the end of such hate violence and highlights other issues facing the trans and gender non-conforming community, including: criminalization and incarceration, healthcare access, economic justice, and affordable housing.
Lourdes Hunter, a member of TransJustice a program of the Audre Lorde Project, created by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color, who has been actively involved since the beginning, declares, “I’m not fighting for equality, I’m fighting for liberation!”
The Audre Lorde Project is a lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across difference, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.
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Contact: Alok Vaid-Menon
Email: alokalp [dot] org