Did you know that Brenda Howard was a bisexual known as the “Mother of Pride”? This was due to her work coordinating first a rally and then the Christopher Street Liberation Day March to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which happened on June 28, 1969. These riots were led by trans feminine people of color, such as Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, tired of being targeted and criminalized by the police because of their race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
These are the roots of Pride. In 2018, MAMFT wants to acknowledge that still, all too often, trans feminine people of color are still the target of systemic violence. We cannot turn away from the ongoing harm. However, we also want to celebrate the strength, creativity and contributions of the LGBTQIA+ communities, including members of our own professional community, and the clients many of us serve.
MAMFT is committed to social justice and liberation from oppression for all of us. As systemic therapists we are uniquely located to support one another in that process. This is why we finally have a new committee addressing issues of social justice in our profession, on a local level. We wish everyone a wonderful celebration of the beautiful gender and sexual diversity in our humanity”.
Jennifer M Knapp, MS, LMFT
Board Approved LPCC and LMFT Supervisor
MAMFT Social Justice Committee Chair