Not to, like, restore your faith in the world or anything, but a group of young girls marched in solidarity with their transgender sisters and brothers in the Bay Area on Friday—and yes, there are photos.
The Oakland-based Radical Monarchs (formerly the Radical Brownies) are a politically conscious, socially active scout troop that focuses on the needs of young girls of color. Like the Girl Scouts, they have a badge system, only the Radical Monarchs are more likely to earn badges for "Radical Beauty" or being an "LGBT Ally" than for hiking or crafting.
Radical Monarchs co-founder Anayvette Martinez told Fusion that the girls had a "power-filled day" yesterday, starting with lunch at El/La, a TransLatina organization in San Francisco, where they learned about "the importance of herstorical TransLatina space" in the rapidly gentrifying Mission District.
After that, they solicited donations for the 12th Annual Trans March at Dolores Park and then participated in the march itself, chanting messages of support and allyship.
"When trans women are under attack, what do we do? Fight back! Fight back!"
"When Trans women are under attack what do we do?! Fight back, fight back!!!!" #RadicalMonarchs4TransMarch #AllyshipIsAnAction #RadicalPrideUnit
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 26, 2015 at 11:49pm PDT
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“Show me what solidarity looks like! This is what solidarity looks like!”
Proudly marching with our Trans sisters and brothers. "Show me what Soldarity looks like! THIS is what solidarity looks like!" #RadicalPrideUnit
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 27, 2015 at 8:08am PDT
"Hey hey, ho ho, transphobia has got to go!”
"Hey hey, ho ho, transphobia has got to GO!" #RadicalPrideUnit #RadicalMonarch4TransMarch
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 27, 2015 at 8:03am PDT
Their sign reads: "This is what allyship looks like."
"This is what allyship looks like…" walking to the march silly poses…#RadicalMonarchs4TransMarch #RadicalPrideUnit
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 26, 2015 at 11:46pm PDT
The Radical Monarchs marched alongside TransLatina group El/La.
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 27, 2015 at 9:59am PDT
"Se mira se siente El/La esta presente!"
"Se mira se siente El/La esta presente!" #RadicalMonarchs4TransMarch
A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jun 27, 2015 at 9:50am PDT
Martinez explained that the Radical Monarchs' participation in the Trans March was part of their "#RadicalPrideUnit," which also included educational meetings about the LGBTQ community, the gender spectrum, stereotypes, and the gender binary. The Monarchs will earn a #RadicalPride badge later this summer, she said.
"The girls all had an AMAZING time," Martinez added about the march. "They felt so happy to march in solidarity and demand rights and safety for ALL trans people."
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