SAN FRANCISCO — Kababayans were a handful among the thousands who joined the annual San Francisco trans march held last Friday.
Since 2004, the march is celebrated as the largest transgender Pride event in the city.
The march calls for more visibility and presence of the trans community — and to bring awareness to their struggles against violence and oppression.
“I believe that our brothers and sisters who are transgender are first and foremost the victims of violence, victims of job opportunities. They’re not the first to get jobs because there’s no equality,” said Penny Baldado from GABRIELA SF.
Filipinos were part of the API contingent whose goal in the march was to claim space and build power for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color.
“May you be gay, lesbian, queer… I think it’s important to realize that we’re all connected. What I’ve experience is what you’ll experience,” said Baldado.
“There are folks within the church institution that are trying to make more bold statements and are trying to be more visible, uplift church leaderships that do identify as trans, that do identify as queer especially during these political times,” said Pastor Jeanelle Ablola from Pine United Methodist Church.
Filipino activists also say they march in remembrance of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude, who was killed in the Philippines in 2014 by US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.
Pemberton was found guilty of homicide and is serving time in the Philippines, but has since asked the courts to reverse their decision and acquit him of the offense.