The 12th annual TransLatinx March is slated to take place at Corona Plaza in Queens on July 15 during a three-hour event that will feature performances, food, and more, according to organizers.
The annual TransLatinx March, which is led by Make the Road NY and begins at 5 p.m., originally started as a protest against unequal treatment in professional spaces, including for customers or job-seekers facing discrimination. The focus was on mistreatment towards transgender individuals, but the event also expanded to emphasize the experiences of Latinx trans people — especially those with an immigrant background.
Now, a dozen years after the first march, organizers are still fighting for justice at a time when the community has faced great adversity.
“This year, it’s again back to the roots of demanding employment, and this is about employment protections for all trans folks, regardless of their industry of work, whether it is carpentry, or beauty, or sex work, or social work, whatever it is — that trans folks, one, are hired, and two, are protected,” said Mateo Guerrero, Make the Road NY’s program manager. Guerrero added that there “are no regulations about getting folks into employment to begin with, so our focus is protection for everyone across the board.”