As part of this year's May Day pre-march rally on May 1, 2012, allies and supporters, including leaders of the faith community, unions, students, families, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, spoke about why they were marching. A very memorable, and well-received speech, was that of Bamby Salcedo, leader in the transgender community, an immigrant herself, and a member of the BIENESTAR family. Here's a recollection of her powerful words. We thank you, Bamby.
My name is Bamby Salcedo and I am here on behalf of the Queer Contingency.
It is important that we do recognize and understand that Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans people are also part of the whole. We do have families, we do get affected by all of the situations that happen in our society. It is important that we are united, that we come together and we as a community demand dignity for our communities.