Let me give you MORE! My Sunday Pride Party at Jones is considered the most anticipated event during Pride weekend in San Francisco. In addition to that party, I also want to spend Saturday night with you. The Sunday daytime party is a definite must, so let's just add-on a knock-out event on Saturday night at SVN, the newly revitalized old rock n' roll venue Fillmore West, which will be opening its legendary doors for the first time since 1971, just for us.
Each year this annual non-profit event focuses on supporting some of San Francisco’s most needy organizations. This year Juanita has chosen TRUTH (TRans yoUTH), a joint program between Transgender Law Center and GSA Network. This program seeks to amplify the voices of trans and gender non-conforming young people by offering a safe place to share struggles, learn empathy, and build public understanding. 40% of trans individuals who responded to a 2015 survey shared they had attempted suicide and 77% of trans youth shared they had experienced harassment or discrimination in school. Nearly 20% of those experienced harassment so severe, they had to leave elementary or high school. TRUTH is allowing these youth to lead the way to end the isolation and stigma that trans youth face so these statistics can reach zero. These are the youth of our future and they have the power to change both minds and policies through their stories.