Province’s first-ever collectively organized Trans March takes over streets of downtown St. John’s a day ahead of the city’s annual Pride Parade.
“Hey ho! Hey ho! Transphobia has got to go!” was the cry resounding through downtown St. John’s as the Trans March wound along Duckworth and Water Streets to a chorus of supportive car horns.
Roughly 75 members of the trans community and supporters gathered at the foot of the War Memorial across from Harbourside Park early Saturday afternoon for the largest stand-alone Trans March in the province’s history.
While smaller trans marches have occurred before—local trans activist Jennifer McCreath organized one last year with a handful of other activists—this year’s differed in scale and scope. In early July, a public meeting was organized at Memorial University by community activists to debate the idea of formally organizing a separate Trans March.
“A couple weeks ago a public meeting was held where over 20 trans people from the community democratically voted in favour of having a Trans March separate from the Pride Parade,” said Alex Noel, one of the organizers, in a speech to the loud and energetic crowd.
“Why, you might ask? Because we deserve it and it’s time to shine the light on issues that are facing trans people in Newfoundland and Labrador. I believe this march is a demonstration of what Pride Week could and should be — community organizing and political action, without asking permission.”
The march was not an officially sanctioned St. John’s Pride event and was held without applying for a permit, a characteristic commensurate with trans marches in other Canadian cities and one that is sometimes considered a symbolic statement about the right of trans people to use public space without asking special permissions, in a country where legal protections for trans persons have lagged far behind protections for cisgendered members of the queer community. In the City of Toronto, trans activists organized‘rogue parades’ down large thoroughfares such as Yonge Street for several successive years despite being denied official permits.
“This march is happening at an incredibly politically crucial time,” Noel said to the cheering crowd. “We have both a federal election and a provincial election coming up. Now, more than ever, trans people in this province need to be vocal. We need to hold the politicians’ feet to the flames and demand that the needs of our community be met.
“We call it a small-big town. Everyone’s here to help each other out one way or another,” says Dave Hall about his beloved hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. As it happens, Dave knows a thing or two about helping people out. He’s the owner of Restore A Muscle Car, so when he’s not tinkering under the hood of someone’s ’70 Trans-Am, he’s helping reconnect people to the cars they owned years ago and thought they’d never see again, or supporting every car club he can at Lincoln’s many local car shows. To learn more about how Dave’s commitment to car restoration is bringing his community together, check out his feature in our Locally Crafted Goods series.
Turtles and tortoises are the most endangered group of vertebrate animals on the planet. Over half of all the chelonian species in the world are threatened with extinction.
These animals watched the dinosaurs come and go and now they may leave this planet forever mostly because we like to eat them, collect their shells, take them from the wild as pets, and hit them with our cars.
It’s hilarious that some anti-bootleg people are saying “I’m not privileged! I’m just saving money to go! And I’ll still have to drive, like, 4 hours!!” oh no…. how terrible it must be….. four hours….. and here I am, continents away, thinking I was so unfortunate….. oh you have opened my eyes……
smh there isn’t even a confirmation that it’s gonna be filmed, just an old article from last year that said it might be filmed:
“I said we WANT to film the show with this cast before the year is out. That’s all I said. There are no plans for anything yet.”— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 5, 2015
come on guys. stop telling us to wait for something that probably isn’t even going to happen. you can guilt-trip me into buying tickets (and I will, with pleasure) when they tour in Armenia. thanks.
NOTES/WARNINGS: So this actually happened to me yesterday. I was biking back to my dorm, it was pouring out rain. I thought I could beat the car, I didn’t. The guy didn’t see me because of how heavy the storm was and blew right into me. The windshield shattered, and I was thrown back down onto the pavement. I didn’t start crying until I got to my dorm. I got myself checked out at the hospital, and they said it didn’t look like I had any major injuries or neurological damage. Today was a bit difficult going to classes, because I was overly paranoid. I love this blog, and I figured I might as well make a little imagine about it to help myself out. Tell me what you guys think. This is just an imagine, so if you want a one-shot, just let me know, and I can write one based on what happened yesterday. Thank you!
Imagine biking back to your dorm after finishing classes for the day and getting hit by a car, making you fly up onto the windshield (shattering it) and getting thrown back down again onto the pavement. You miraculously don’t have any major injuries or broken bones, but you’re emotionally traumatized.
As you enter your dorm room after you’re released from the hospital, you break down in uncontrollable sobs. Loki comes by, because you two have dinner together at your dining hall every night. Once he sees the state you’re in, he immediately rushes to your side. You struggle between gasps to get the words out explaining the situation, and as you explain, you see Loki’s face turn ghostly white. He slowly stands up, mind racing.