Tuesday, September 29, 2009
11:00 a.m. Assemble at Lampron Park/Bridge Street School (2 Parsons St.)
Noon March steps off
12:30 p.m. Marchers arrive at Armory Street Lot (behind Thornes Marketplace)
12:45 p.m. Welcome by MC Tammy Twotone (entertainer)
12:50 p.m. Proclamation by Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins
1:05 p.m. To be announced
1:25 p.m. Lezleanne Rios (singer/songwriter)
1:35 p.m. Northampton At-Large City Councilor Michael Bardsley
1:50 p.m. Gunner Scott (Grand Marshal, MTPC)
2:00 p.m. Louis Mitchell (Minister, Recovering the Promise Ministries)
2:10 p.m. Fab 3 (surprise treat)
2:15 p.m. Ethan St. Pierre (TransFM Radio)
2:25 p.m. Announcements / Intermission
2:40 p.m. Joanna Frost (gender therapist)
2:50 p.m. Lorelei Erisis (Miss Trans New England)
3:00 p.m. Georgia Star Michaels (entertainer)
3:10 – 3:50 p.m. New England Trans United Pride Steering Committee members: Christa Hilfers, Bet Power, Brianna Harris, Vickie Boisseau, Danica Marie Ali, Yohah Ralph, Aydin Brannon, Samantha Cornell
3:50 p.m. Raffle Drawing
4:00 p.m. Deja Nicole Greenlaw (TRT columnist)
4:10 p.m. Ryan Thomas (Trans youth)
4:20 p.m. Miss Sabrina Blaze (entertainer)
4:50 p.m. 50/50 Raffle Drawing, Announcements
5:00 p.m. Rally ends
New England Trans United
P.O. Box 611
Northampton, MA 01060
Email: betpower@yahoo. com
Website: New England Trans United Pride March and Rally
Phone: (413) 584-7616
Friday, September 18, 2009
Regional March Set to Step Off on October 3
(Northampton, MA) The organizers of the New England Trans United (NETU) Pride March and Rally have announced a preliminary list of speakers and performers for the event. The march, which will step off at noon on October 3, 2009 at Lampron Park and proceed down Main Street in Northampton, MA, is being planned around the theme "Live Out Loud" to encourage pride in gender identity as expressed by individuals in the transgender community.
The rally, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Armory Street lot, will include a variety of political speakers, transgender activists, and performers. Among those slated to appear are entertainer Tammy Twotone as MC; Northampton Mayor Mary Clare Higgins; City Councilor At Large and mayoral candidate Michael Bardsley; Gunner Scott, director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition; trans activist and minister Louis Mitchell of Recovering the Promise Ministries; and Ethan St. Pierre of TransFM radio.
"This is only the second New England-wide transgender civil rights march and, once again, it will take place in Northampton, MA" said Bet Power, a NETU organizer. "Last year's event in Northampton drew more than 1,000 participants and educated the public about the lives of transgender people and our need for critical non-discrimination and hate crimes legislation. We are very excited to present an impressive lineup of individuals who are eagerly anticipated by many people in the trans community and our allies."
Other speakers and performers will include Deja Nicole Greenlaw, The Rainbow Times columnist and musician; Lorelei Erisis, Miss Trans Northampton 2009; LezleeAnne Rios, singer/songwriter; and Ryan DiMartino, a transgender youth. The venue is accessible to the disabled, and Cat Dvar and a team of volunteers will interpret the rally in American Sign Language.
The complete rally lineup will be posted on the organization' s website later this month. For information about the New England Trans United Pride March and Rally, to donate or to volunteer to help, visit New England Trans United Pride March and Rally.
For Pictures of last years event visit: