In a statement last week, Marissa Miller, Program Coordinator in the Leadership Division of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and Senior Strategic Director for the National Trans Visibility March announced the pushback of the Trans Visibility March in Washington, DC originally slated for March 31st – April 1st, 2019.
“I am saddened, but not defeated, to have to postpone the first National Trans Visibility March until September 2019.” By taking more time for planning and continued fundraising, Miller is confident the March will be stronger than ever.
“WE WILL March more prepared than ever…WE WILL March more motivated than ever…. we will NOT be detoured for fighting for our Equal Rights, Health Equity and Job Security.”
It is the hopes of the organizers that Transgender and Gender Non-binary communities, with their allied partners, will come together in unity to promote solidarity in efforts to increase awareness thus fostering a safer, social climate and environment. Due to continued high rates of HIV infection among the transgender community particularly those of color, efforts will also aim towards destigmatizing those living with the virus, hoping to encourage those at risk for infection to seek out health resources, engage in frequent testing and medical treatment.
Taking responsibility for the postponement and concern over timing with April Fool’s Day, Miller noted her gratitude for the support and leadership of her National Trans Visibility Organizing Team!
“Before making this very difficult decision I consulted with many community leaders from across Country: Maria Roman and Chela DeMore both from Los Angeles, Arianna Lint and Cameron Pizzarro from Fort Lauderdale, Kiara St James from New York, Tatyana Moaton and Trisha Holloway, Leaders in our Midwest Region, and many others!
“I will be working with all 52 of our ambassadors leading up to the March, bringing more awareness to issues such as voting registration, online training programs within the community as well as working with key stakeholders and policymakers Nationwide,” boldly shared Miller.
“The next six months WE WILL continue to raise money and build alliances working to end HIV by 2030, and demanding equality and social justice.”
Sean Black is a Senior Editor at A&U