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Transgender Day of Visibility

On Thursday, March 30, Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring March 31st Transgender Day of Visibility in the city.

“WHEREAS, One million Americans are transgender and have bravely overcome significant hardships to build vibrant and thriving communities, often in the face of systemic and interpersonal prejudice, discrimination, and violence; and

WHEREAS, We cannot simply celebrate visibility without also recognizing that it does not always equal justice; still far too many Trans people, in particular Trans women of color, continue to face profound threats to their safety and wellbeing; and

WHEREAS, Already this year we know of eight Trans women of color who were murdered — Jaquarrius Holland, 18 years old; Ciara McElveen, 21 years old; Chyna Gibson, 31 years old; Keke Collier, 24 years old; JoJo Striker, 23 years old; Mesha Caldwell, 41 years old; Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28 years old; and Alphonza Watson, 38 years old — for each Trans person killed or lost this year and in years past we mourn, we honor, and we say their names; and

WHEREAS, We also celebrate the beauty and resilience of Trans people through history and of those who are with us today, and we recognize that Trans people have contributed and continue to contribute in myriad ways to the betterment of our society and our city, often working at the forefront of social justice activism and human rights work; and

WHEREAS, Trans people, and in particular Trans women of color including Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and Marsha P. Johnson, were instrumental in the creation of the modern gay rights movement in the United States, from the 1965 Dewey lunch counter protests in Philadelphia to the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the creation of radical new civil rights organizations;…”

Read the full resolution here. (PDF)

Thanks to the hard work of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, Councilwoman Helen Gym and City Council to speak out, advocate, and support this resolution.

Transgender Day of Visibility is another step towards ensuring the equal protection, safety, and full dignity of our transgender friends and neighbors.

Here is a transgender and gender nonconforming reading list of books for all ages.

Pictured is the group at the City Council press conference on March 30th after the passage of the resolution.



Philling Our Streets With Love at Hate Speech Bus Tour!

Unite with members of the Pennsylvania LGBTQIA community on Saturday, April 1 from 11am-12pm for a Pop-Up Love Party to peacefully counteract the anti-trans “FreeSpeechBusTour” scheduled stop in Philly. (This event has been rescheduled from March 29.)

NOM’s “FreeSpeechBus” is currently touring the East Coast taking their fear and hatred on the road. This offensive bright orange bus is covered in the message “It’s Biology: Boys are boys…and always will be. Girls are girls…and always will be. You can’t change sex. Respect all.” Allowing this bus to park on our streets while spreading these inaccurate ideas is harmful to our city and the fabric of our community.

Join us to show the love PA has for its trans community members! We want to #PhilOurStreetsWithLove and encourage all with love in their hearts to stand up with us against transphobia, ignorance, and injustice.”

This event will center the voices of trans people and we encourage cis allies to support with their presence, signs, energy, and love.

The event is a community collaborative effort being supported by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs, GALAEI, Trans-health Information Project (TIP), Attic Youth Center, William Way, ACLU, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Independent Business Alliance, Mazzoni Center, Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church, Philadelphia Family Pride, and other community organizations.


March for Science in Philadelphia

Join the PFP contingent as we represent LGBTQ-led families at the Philadelphia March for Science on Earth Day – Saturday, April 22nd.

We will assemble at 10:00am on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00a and will go down Market Street to Front Street, Front Street to Chestnut Street and then over Chestnut Street to Penn’s Landing – Great Plaza.

Entertainment will begin at 11:30am and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12pm. The event will end by 2pm.

RSVP on the Facebook event here and to PFP (so we know to look for you) by emailing us at