In June 1969, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, was raided by police subsequently sparking the Gay Liberation movement. Amongst the leaders of the Gay Liberation movement were Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera, two transgender women of color with a lifelong commitment to fighting oppression. The Stonewall Riots and work done by LGBTQ activists are now honored every June during Pride month.
In honor of transgender activists who paved the way and opened the door for modern Pride celebrations, Prism Health North Texas is hosting a Town Hall with local transgender activists and allies at Union Coffee in the Oak Lawn neighborhood next week on Saturday, June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The panel will discuss resources, community-building tactics, and action plans to continue to support and develop North Texas’ transgender community.
“The transgender community has persevered through years and years of oppression and cracks in unity links,” PHNTX Community Engagement Coordinator Sattie Nyachwaya said. “It is important to come together at such an important time in the world to talk through what has worked and not worked, to create a new plan for ‘standing together’.”
Hosted by Union Coffee at 3705 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas TX 75219, PHNTX will be offering free HIV/STI testing and information about community resources at the event. Union Coffee’s “Shot of Generosity” will also be in effect, and a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated back into the trans community.
“This town hall is a reflection and a reminder of what we have accomplished and how much work remains to be done in supporting and collaborating with trans-led and other organizations in the community,” Nyachwaya added. “We are hosting this event during Pride month, which exists because of two transgender Black and Latina women who were tired of oppression and wanted to ignite Gay Liberation. It is important to amplify that the transgender community is the foundation of how our efforts to maintain and focus on unity and equality originate, especially during Pride.”