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Philly trans community marches against violence

October 6, 2018

Diane Smith, aunt of Shantee Tucker, holds up a poster in remembrance of Tucker during the eighth annual Philly Trans March. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer

By Staff

Philadelphia’s transgender community members and supporters rallied Saturday afternoon in LOVE Park and then marched down Broad Street, packing more than a block, chanting for justice, carrying signs — “Trans is beautiful” and “Trans women are women” and Trans men are men, period” — in a bid to shine a light on violence and discrimination.

The march, held annually since 2011, has taken on a particular urgency this year in the wake of the death of Shantee Tucker, 30, an African American trans woman who was gunned down Sept. 5 on Old York Road near Hunting Park.

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