St. Pete Celebrates First Ever TransPride March

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The T in LGBT had their own time to shine in St. Petersburg — and made history in the process.

The first 2017 TransPride March hit the St. Pete Pride Parade on Saturday, June 24 to give transgender and gender nonconforming people a safe space to celebrate who they are.

About 30,000 people marched for the LGBT community, reports 10 News WTSP, Tampa Bay’s CBS station. 

“Normally the trans community is not really represented, but today we're going first,” marcher Jennifer Gulley told the publication. “I think it's harder to make that change in the community for some reason. Sometimes you feel discrimination in your own community, which is crazy to think, but you do feel a little of that. So, it's nice to come out here and have our own march.”

This is the first ever trans-centered event in St. Pete Pride’s 15-year history, trans board member Nathan Bruemmer told Tampa Bay.

"It's the silent 't'," he told the publication, referring to the T in LGBT. "The trans community has long said they feel marginalized."

According to 10 News, the city’s police reports there were no arrests made at the parade.

“It means everything,” Bruemmer told ABC Action News. "What we have to do as an LGBT community is be fully inclusive by actions, not just by words. So highlighting the transgender voices and recognizing that we need to take a moment this year to sort of look at the work that needs to be done is really important.”

 


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