State of Trans Pride
A week ago, as I was flipping through the channels I came across MSNBC. On at that time was Raymond Braun, an LGBTQ advocate and journalist who was promoting his new documentary State of Pride premiering on YouTube originals. I could not wait to watch it.
The documentary explores the different pride parades in the country from the large city pride festivals and parades in San Francisco and D.C. to the smaller festivals popping up in small cities in America like Salt Lake and Tuscaloosa. I loved the documentary but one thing I learned was the hostility between the gay community and the Trans community.
Growing up and living between Providence and Boston I had never heard of any hostilities between the gay and Trans community. I have been attending the Boston and Providence parade for five years. There is always a mix of drag queens, trans people, lesbians and gay men. This year though something different happened. While marching with Senator Ed Markey, we not only had rainbow signs with the Senators name, we also had the Trans flag which I had never seen before.
I also learned in the documentary that in San Francisco there are three separate parades. There is a Trans Parade on Friday, a Lesbian (or Dyke) parade on Saturday and then a parade for everyone on Sunday. I’m not sure if this is right? Right now the Trans community is the most vulnerable, with black Trans women dying in staggering numbers. There is also the fact that the Trans community started a riot at Gene Compton’s Cafeteria in 1966 that lasted for 2 days. This was four years before the famous Stone Wall Riots of 1969.
I believe the Trans community has every right to separate themselves because if that vulnerability and the feeling that they have been left out of the community for so long. I just wish that eventually the whole community can come back together as one. I think this is a conversation that needs to be had.