Trans Pride march focuses on equality

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by Natalie Swaby, KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 10:49 PM

SEATTLE - Trans Pride Seattle took place on Capitol Hill Friday evening.

Danielle Askini, an advocate with the Gender Justice League, said they wanted to show that transgender people are part of the community.

"We would estimate anywhere between 20,000-30,000 people in Washington identify as transgender," said Askini.

The march started near Broadway and Howell and ended with a rally at Cal Anderson Park. One topic speakers focused on was healthcare.

"As an advocate, I am concerned for the health of people in the transgender community," said Askini.

She said a victory came in the form of a letter that the State Insurance Commissioner sent to all health insurers in Washington this week, letting them know transgender people are entitled to the same access to healthcare as everyone else. Askini applauds the move, but says more competent health care is needed.

"Even with these benefits being provided, we don’t have a large number of health care providers who can actually treat transgender people," she said.
 

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