Show Your Pride! Get Vaccinated.

In honor of the International Transgender Day Of Visibility (TDoV), the Office of Transgender Initiatives (OTI) in partnership with community organizations and the City’s COVID Command Center, presents a multimedia COVID-19 vaccine campaign for the LGBTQ community.

A couple wearing masks and Pride-striped bandages on their upper arms stands together, overlooking Dolores Park. Text to the side reads "Show Your Pride Get vaccinated" and "For more info visit sf.gov/getvaccinated", alongside the logos of the Office of Transgender Initiatives and the San Francisco City Seal.
Show Your Pride! Get vaccinated.

From The Transgender District to the Castro and beyond, LGBTQ community members are getting the vaccine and thriving.

Ms. Billie Cooper, Community Activist

In this video

Ms. Billie Cooper, Tenderloin Community Activist and founder of TransLife, is calling on all trans people to get vaccinated when they are eligible. She recently got her first shot and is looking forward to her second!

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Transcript:

Good afternoon! My name is Miss Billy Cooper.

I'm a 62 year-old African-American  transgender woman.

I have lived in San Francisco's Tenderloin  District 6 area for over three decades.

And I am a community activist  and community advocate.

And I am a person who has been  clean and sober for over 20 years.

We are celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility

to help us stay visible in  San Francisco and beyond.

I encourage everyone to think  about taking the vaccine.

I, myself, am a United States veteran.

And I have taken my first shot  two weeks ago, no side effects,

and I'm waiting to take my  second shot on April the 8th.

I am a person living with HIV.  I am a long-term survivor.

I was diagnosed May the15th, 1985.

I am the first Black, transgender  woman to have been given the honor

of starting a group six years ago at the

San Francisco AIDS Foundation called TransLife.

We are a community group for trans  men and women, gender non-conforming,

gender non-binary and gender fluid people.

And I'm so happy that the San  Francisco AIDS Foundation has

given me the platform to be  a leader in my community.

I feel it's very important for each and  every person to take a vaccine to help

transgender people feel more  secure in and around other people.

Because they talk about herd immunity,  so trans people should also feel

as though we have herd immunity  when it comes to taking the vaccine.

So I implore each and every  transgender, gender non-conforming,

gender non-binary person to take the vaccine.

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Celebrating Trans & GNC Heroes of the Pandemic

This Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) we honor trans heroes working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco.