This Saturday July 6, Trans Pride Dublin will march through the streets of the city. The event will coincide with the 27th anniversary of the death of Marsha P Johnson – a central figure in the Stonewall Uprising.
Attendees and organisers will meet at 11.30am at the Garden Of Remembrance before setting off at 12 noon to march to Merrion Square. The event is open to all trans, non-binary, intersex, and cis people. The reasons for the march include gender legislation for under 18s, intersex, and non-binary individuals, for better access to healthcare for the trans community, and for an end to the violence, discrimination, and inequality the trans community face.
The theme of this year’s Trans Pride Dublin is Break the Binary, and as the organisers say, “Neither sex or gender is binary, they both exist on a spectrum and we want to make that known. This year Trans Pride Dublin are taking to the streets again, it’s time that we liberate ourselves from oppressive gender roles and norms. The societal expectations that the gender binary enforces act like a prison for all of us, not just gender non-conforming people, trapping us in outdated and often sexist gender roles which we are punished for breaking away from.”
Here is co-founder Ollie Bell talking about why you should march at #TransPrideDublin this year! #BreakTheBinary #WhyWeNeedTransPride pic.twitter.com/h8SqubCSHY
— Trans Pride Dublin (@DubTrans) July 4, 2019
“We refuse to be limited or imprisoned any longer. It is time to smash the binary and all that it represents. This goes for sex as well as gender, with an unscientific approach to biology being responsible for the unnecessary and invasive practice of intersex genital mutilation, which must be stopped. Rigid gender roles have no place in the progressive society that we need to create if we want trans liberation.”
The statement continues, “This is a protest for the rights and needs of the trans community, but also where we can celebrate our victories. This is a community event and not a corporate money making scheme. Those who profit from the suffering of our community, deny us our rights or benefit from exploitation or oppression in general are not welcome.
“This is an open invitation to all trans, non binary, intersex and cis people to attend. This is a trans event but we welcome all our allies to come march with us. Please get involved with making this Trans Pride a success, we encourage you to come along but to also bring others. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and fellow students and start a conversation about trans rights, raise the issue of trans equality in your student or trade union and any other campaigning or civic groups that you’re involved in and encourage them to join the protest.”
For more information visit the Facebook event page here.
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