Trans March kicks off Pride weekend – by Vickie Martin

An anonymous e-mail came to the transgender community’s attention in March 2004, which expressed the need for a trans march. The e-mail coincided with the first trial in the murder of East Bay transgender teenager Gwen Araujo, and helped launch the largest transgender event of its kind.

This year marks the fourth annual Trans March that kicks off Pride weekend. An estimated 10,000 people are expected in attendance, compared to last year’s 7,500 people. The march is steadily increasing in size, organizers said.

Supporters and participants will rally in Dolores Park between Dolores and 19th streets at 3 p.m. on Friday for an entertainment filled afternoon with performances by various artists, spoken word performers, trans activists, and political leaders.