Initially scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019, the organizers of the first National Transgender Visibility March have moved it to a day earlier to accommodate a larger-than-expected crowd, the group told the Washington Blade. And the final details will be determined on February 5, according to veteran transgender activist Marissa Miller.
Miller said however that organizers will provide bus transportation to bring participants in from anywhere within an eight-hour drive of Washington, D.C.
The march will start at the White House and finish at the U.S. Capitol, with an exact route yet to be set. The demonstration is part of an effort to increase national visibility for trans Americans at a time when rights are constantly under threat by an administration that banned military service for trans soldiers and reportedly wants to deny trans people exist.
There are also plans for a Torch Awards ceremony and a Trans Visibility Ball to be held concurrently with the march. The award ceremony will honor veteran and new leading voices in the fight for trans equality.
Masen Davis, a trans man who’s chief executive officer at Freedom for All Americans, will be honored, reports the Bay Area Reporter. He has spent the last two decades leading efforts to advance equality for LGBT people at the state, national, and global levels. Also being recognized for his education and policy consulting on transgender issues is Jamison Green, a trans man who worked on the passage of San Francisco’s Transgender Protection Ordinance.
We will ignite and initiate change at every turn and hope that each of you will stand with and join us in this effort when we take our movement to the streets of Washington, D.C. and other metropolitan areas on March 31, 2019. and April 1, 2019. This date will mark the beginning of our very first steps together but will definitely not be our last! We will meet every year on Transgender Visibility day and will make our voices heard locally, nationally and globally in solidarity, as one,” reads the mission statement on the National Trans Visibility March on DC website.