For the first time in the history of Seattle there will be a Trans* march to coincide with the celebrations of Gay Pride. Most Trans Pride marches throughout the country continue to maintain a somewhat “radical” line and typically find themselves in conflict with the controlled nature of normative Gay Pride events. Contrary to these free flowing events Seattle’s Trans* March is modeling itself after Gay Pride while pretending to represent those of us who live our lives in the margins.
The march and its associated organization, Gender Justice League, claim to be building bridges between various trans and gender non-conforming communities in an effort to curb discrimination in Washington State. In line with this positive liberal rhetoric, the organizing committee demands that any person or group who participates in the march by holding banners or messaging not produced by the Gender Justice League must register with the non-profit beforehand. Should the non-profit approve of your message then you will be allowed to participate. Should they disapprove of your message or should an individual or group not pre-register with Gender Justice League, the non-profit “reserves their right” to prevent you from marching or participating in Trans* Pride. The “march” they are so keen on policing stretches a grand total of two blocks and will be cordoned off by police-style barricades.
Since 2009 militant trans, and otherwise queer people, have turned out to Capitol Hill in festive marches titled Queers Fucking Queers. These marches have directly countered the assimilationist take-over of queer rebellion by dancing in the streets, attacking capitalist businesses and the police who protect them. Last year the Seattle Police set out to prevent Queers Fucking Queers by successfully occupying Capitol Hill with an army of police. The pigs brutalized Queers Fucking Queers with pepper spray, batons, and arrests. As well as the physical queer-bashings a number of people reported being called faggots and dykes by the Seattle Police.
There is no mention of these queer rebellions or queer-bashings at the hands of the police on Capitol Hill in the callout for Trans* Pride made by the Gender Justice League. There is no mention of the dozens of murders of trans women and effeminate fags since last years Gay Pride celebrations. There is no mention of the horrific rate of incarceration of trans-women. There is no mention of the overwhelming amount of sexual assaults committed against trans people. There is no mention of the escalations of queer bashings throughout Capitol Hill. There is, of course, no mention of the state-sanctioned violence inflicted upon trans and queer people every day throughout the world. Instead Seattle Trans* Pride wants us to stroll down the street spouting their pre-approved rhetoric of nothingness while practically shaking hands with the Seattle Police -or else.
This is a call for radical, anti-capitalist, anarchist, anti-state, freak, anti-assimilationist, and other-wise pissed off transpeople/queers/friends to descend upon Seattle Trans* Pride with our own messaging, in our own style. Let’s not allow Seattle Trans* Pride to forget the molotov cocktails thrown at Stonewall, the screaming queens at Compton’s, the fires at White Night and after AB101, the direct action of ACT UP, and the sounds of shattering glass at Queers Fucking Queers.The rebellions of the past are alive today.
5:00pm. June 28th. Seattle Central Community College.