This week, it was announced that San Francisco will honor transgender people during the month of August. The city’s mayor, London Breed, stated that San Francisco will create the nation’s first Transgender History Month, which will be celebrated every August.
Though it’s nearing the end of the month, the city still has some events planned, including the ‘Riot Party’ block party that will be taking place in San Fransisco’s famously queer Tenderloin District. This is also the neighborhood where much of the trans rights movement began, after a group of trans women decided to fight back against police brutality.
According to Fox San Francisco, Mayor Breed stated,
I am honored to join the transgender community today to declare August as Transgender History Month in San Francisco. Our transgender community has a rich cultural history in this city and is so important to our diverse identity. San Francisco has been and always will be a place where everyone can seek refuge, sanctuary, and safety. Today, we celebrate both our city’s pride and the transgender community.”
The city has also initiated numerous funding initiatives to help the city’s trans community, including a mental health program for LGBTQ seniors, a $12 million grant to help create America’s first LGBTQ museum, and programs that will work to help destigmatize the trans community, especially trans people of color. San Francisco has also honored the community by creating The Transgender District within the Tenderloin.
To learn more about the district and Transgender History Month, visit the official website.