ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Pride St. Louis announced, on Wednesday, its Grand Marshals to lead the 2019 MasterCard Grand Pride Parade on June 30th, 2019 at 12 noon, are the Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) and the St. Louis Metro Transgender community

 

The transgender community, in particular trans women of color, were at the vanguard of the Stonewall Riots, in June 1969, which many point to being the catalyst of the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

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"This year, the Arch will once again provide the backdrop for the Grand Parade, as we celebrate the 40thanniversary of Pride St. Louis and the 50thAnniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Please, join Pride St. Louis as we proudly share this day with our transgender and non-binary sisters and brothers in reflection and celebration of our rich history and march together in community and love," said Pride St. Louis via press release.  

 

"Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG)’s vision is to unite the Trans community and promote education and visibility in the Saint Louis metro area. Their mission is to bring together the community of trans, gender queer, androgynous, intersex and their allies in the St. Louis metro area through community, visibility, advocacy, and education." 

 

The Grand Parade is a fan favorite and is traditionally scheduled to kick-off the festival’s Sunday entertainment schedule. The procession will travel down Market Street with upwards of 170 entrants, including marching groups from LGTBQIA+ owned and supporting businesses, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and allies showcasing their talents and showing their community support. 

 

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