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The first ever San Francisco Trans March was held the weekend of Gay Pride. The crowd was good sized, totaling about five long city blocks, and we marched toward City Hall from Dolores Park. It was a powerful event, in part for being the first of its kind in SF, but also because it was the first time for many trans and genderqueer people to take center stage and not just be the sometimes silent ?T? at the end of LGBT. Which by the way is considerately updated to LGBTIQ, the ?I? for Intersex and the ?Q? for Questioning. It was also an emotional event because the March came on the Friday just after the mistrial in the case of Gwen Araujo, the transgender teen whose brutal murder last year left the Bay Area trans community shocked and grieving. Her family and friends came to the march and many in the crowd carried ?Justice for Gwen? signs. In contrast to the frat party feel of the Dyke March or the Mardi Gras crush of the Pride Parade, the Trans March had intense political energy. The issues of inclusion and safety brought so clearly into focus by Gwen ranged from the daily hassles of finding a safe place to pee to the real danger of being murdered. Powerful, emotional and political--how perfect. And the range of people was beautiful too: transwomen, transmen, their allies, and an army of genderbenders, genderqueers, and protesters of the binary gender paradigm.