Organizers of the National Trans Visibility March are transitioning this fall’s event to a virtual experience. On October 3rd, trans people around the globe will gather virtually to hear inspirational speeches from activists, politicians, and organizers. Attendees will also view (via nationaltransmarch.com) performances from many of the trans artists previously scheduled to perform at the Washington, D.C., event.
“In a time where fear is a reality for many of us, we recognize and will fulfill the need for community and fellowship” noted Dani Farrell, in a recent press release. Farrell is the 2020 NTVM national strategy director and CEO of Trans-In-Color (an organization dedicated to the empowerment of trans masculine people of color). “COVID-19 has hit our communities the hardest but we will be unwavered in our commitment to galvanize our resources to show up in support of trans folks across the globe,” he continued. “Now more than ever, we must #March4TransEquality and #Vote4Visibility.”
Marissa Miller, this year’s senior fundraiser and operations director, said in the statement that previously established partnerships with trans-led organizations will continue as planned, and financial supporters are still behind the event.
Although the National Trans Visibility March itself won’t be until October, the organization announced plans to “kick off” web-based workshops in May in collaboration with their partners.
The #NTVM Torch Awards – which honor eight transformative leaders who paved the way to trans liberation and three emergent community leaders (who the public nominate and vote for) – will go off as planned, virtually.
Organizers say attendees will also be able to live chat and share “stories of resilience” during the events. #NTVM Action Kits and apparel are already available at nationaltransmarch.com/shop.