Alt Pride March and Festival

4th Annual Alt Pride Two-Spirit, Trans, & Genderqueer Solidarity March

Saturday July 9th, 2016

All of our events are centered around constructive action to make events for our communities that are accessible, celebratory, trans-inclusive, free (or sliding scale from $0), and open to people of all ages. Please feel free to invite as many people as you like!

Alt Pride is committed to making the spaces we organize as accessible as possible. We are currently attempting to create more sober spaces using a harm reduction perspective. We understand and respect that some of you may need to use substances so that you can attend and/or fully participate. We also understand and respect that some of you require no open drug/alcohol use to attend and/or fully participate. Please help us to find a balance that meets everyone’s needs by not self-medicating or consuming substances openly in event spaces, and by not shaming or ‘othering’ folks who require substances to attend. If you need to talk to someone about substance use during this event, please connect with one of the Safer Spaces Volunteers. We greatly appreciate your support in welcoming all community members to participate and welcome your feedback at altpridefest@gmail.com

10:30 am Sign-Making: Located at the Fernwood Community Centre! Come meet new and old friends and make a sign – materials will be provided. Also feel free to make your sign beforehand and bring it! This year we also hope to have “ride- decorating” for those of us on 1, 2, 3, 4 wheels and more – so bring your fave ride and get your glitter on!

12:00 pm: Gathering time outside the Fernwood Community Centre.

12:30 pm: March will depart and head towards Stadacona Park (1545 Pandora Ave) to enjoy the Alt Pride Community Festival from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

March route: (same as last year – see post below for map of route) Fernwood Community Centre to Fernwood Road (turning right on Fernwood) and heading up to Yates. Left onto Yates to Stadacona and turn Left and we will end at Stadacona Park for the Alt Pride Community Festival! The march route is 1.4 km and should take 30-45 mins – we will be moving at a slow pace.

1:00 pm Alt Pride Community Festival! Join us for food and hangouts, meet new folks, get connected to community resources, try on binders (supplied by UVic Pride Centre), a clothing swap, and fun times! Bring all the stuff you would bring for a day at the park such as sunscreen, chairs/blanket, games, frisbee, soccer ball, etc.

Feel free to contribute clothes for the clothing swap. UVic Pride will have changing tents on-site. UVic Pride will also be bringing many pairs of larger-sized “women’s” shoes, which will be available to trans women and trans-feminine folks.

Some foods will be provided but feel free to contribute anything that doesn’t have foodsafe concerns (ie. no dishes with mayo or dairy). Pls list ingredients for anything you bring to share. Items (non-valuables only) and food can be dropped off at the park prior to the march where volunteers will be setting up for the arrival of the march

Accessibility:
Fernwood Community Centre – wheel-chair accessible space and washrooms

March Route – we tried to pick the route with most accessible curb cuts. The route is 1.4 km long, and should take 30-45 mins – we will be moving at a slow pace. We will have a passenger vehicle that will accompany the march for those who want to engage in alternative ways the whole way, or part way through.

Stadacona – There are accessible, multi-stall, gendered washrooms on-site that we will designate gender-inclusive for the fest and have volunteers hanging out at the washrooms. There are also paved paths that run through the park. Safer Spaces folks will be in attendance. We will have a few chairs available for use but people are encouraged to bring their own.

Bus tickets – will be available both before and during the events. Please email altpridefest@gmail.com if you would like get bus tickets in advance of the march.

Wanna volunteer/volunqueer … check out it here: http://goo.gl/forms/M2Pg6OLr1MbbKq5f2

Ways to get to there:
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave:
BC Transit Routes #22 [Fernwood Ave], #2, #27, #28 [Pandora Ave], #24, #25 [Cook St], #10 [Bay Street]

Stadacona Park for the Community Festival, 1490 Pandora Ave /1457 Begbie St:
BC Transit Routes #8, #11, #14, #15 [Pandora side] AND #27, #28 [Begbie Side]

Bus tickets will be available both before and during the events. Please email altpridefest@gmail.com if you would like get bus tickets in advance of the march.

The organizing collective is committed to:

• centering identities and voices that usually don’t get centered, including trans women and trans-feminine people, gender queer/variant/non-conforming folks, 2spirits, trans folks, queer/trans People of Color, queer/trans sex workers, queer/trans poz folks (HIV/AIDS)

• remaining political in our decisions and actions;

• creating celebratory space(s) outside of the mainstream Pride events that are accessible by way of: all ages and/or family friendly, alcohol-free, free to sliding scale, physically accessible,

• working against replicating systemic oppressions, colonialism, settler-colonialism, and racism in our organizing and on the territories of the Lekwungen and WSÁNÉC peoples.

• responsive, self-reflective, and respectful responses to concerns raised about our organizing and any incidents that occur at events.

march route-simplified copy2016

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