Thursday, April 28, 2011

[SDCPJ] San Diego Speak Out Against Anti-Trans Violence - Sat. April 30th

San Diego Speak Out Against Anti-Trans Violence - Sat. April 30th

(April 27, 2011, San Diego, Calif.) San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) invites all members of the community to "San Diego Speak Out Against Anti-Trans Violence" a march and speak out condemning the despicable attack on a transgender woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Baltimore, and all other anti-trans violence. The march will begin at 7:30 PM in front of the McDonalds in Hillcrest at 1414 University Ave and end with a speak out in view of the Hillcrest sign at 6th Ave and University Ave.

On April 18, 2011 a transgender woman was brutally beaten inside a McDonalds in Baltimore by two patrons while entering a restroom. During the savage beating, a McDonald's employee videotaped the assault with a cell phone; later posting the video on YouTube. "This has been a crushing testament of what people do when they fail to recognize the humanity of another. Two people beat another person nearly to death - that's what happened. When is that ever right?...Never!" said Sean Bohac a member of SAME.

"It saddens us that transgender people are so vulnerable, we must use this tragedy to raise awareness about the everyday dangers that trans people face in the US" said Zakiya Khabir. Many organizers believe that it's important for all members of the community to take a stand, and support all members of the LGBT community. SAME is pleased to coordinate this event with "All Out at City", a student club for members and allies of the LGBT community at San Diego City College.

Participants are encouraged to meet at 6:30 PM outside the McDonalds to make signs, materials will be available. Community members are also encouraged to participate in the 'open-mic' speak out that will follow the march. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182726458446098.

SAME is dedicated to working for equal rights for all, particularly restoring marriage equality for all Californians. It envisions a California where all people can marry the person of their choice, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It works to find common ground and build coalitions among California's diverse communities. More information is available at www.samealliance.com.


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